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Mugabe's 'heir' Mnangagwa sworn in as vice-president

12 December 2014, 17:15

Harare -Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time ally of President Robert Mugabe, was sworn in as vice-president Friday, putting him firmly in line to succeed the veteran ruler.

Mnangagwa took his oath of office before Mugabe at State House, swearing to "bear true allegiance to Zimbabwe".

Mnangagwa will retain his post as justice minister.

Mugabe named Mnangagwa as his deputy this week replacing former vice-president and presidential hopeful Joice Mujuru who was accused of plotting against the 90-year-old ruler.

Mujuru was the target of a sustained campaign of attacks by Mugabe's wife Grace, who accused Mujuru of corruption and incompetence.

Co-vice president Phelekezela Mphoko and five new cabinet ministers were also sworn in, following a purge on Mugabe's foes.

Mphoko was also appointed to the newly-created national healing, peace and reconciliation portfolio.

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