President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed sweeping change at his swearing in on Friday, seeking to reassure foreign investors and pledging to fight poverty and corruption after Robert Mugabe’s shock resignation.

In his inaugural address, Mnangagwa set out a program of dramatic change that promised a stark reversal of many of Mugabe’s signature policies.

He pledged that his government would compensate white farmers whose land was seized by Mugabe, protect international investments in the country, and re-engage with foreign powers.

Elections scheduled for 2018 would go ahead as planned, he said.

“I humbly appeal to all of us that we let bygones be bygones,” he said at the ceremony in the 60,000-seat national stadium in Harare, which was packed to capacity.

“We must work together — you, me, all of us who make this nation.

“I stand here today, to say that our country is ready for a sturdy re-engagement program with all the nations of the world,” he said.

After reciting the oath of office, the 75-year-old leader was given a ceremonial chain and sash of office flanked by his wife Auxilia, receiving salutes and pledges of allegiance from the country’s military and security chiefs.

Mnangagwa also used his speech to pay tribute to Mugabe, describing him as one of the “founding fathers of our nation”. (AFP)

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President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia wave to their suppoters as they leave after the swearing in ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Supporters dance and run on the field after Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa inspects the military parade after being sworn in as President at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Soldiers march as Zimbabwe’s new interim President reviews the honour guard for the first time after being sworn-in at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, on Nov. 24 2017. (Photo: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

TOPSHOT – Supporters hold poster of the newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa during the Inauguration ceremony at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, on November 24, 2017.
Zimbabwe’s newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed during his inauguration speech on November 24 to protect foreign investments in the country as he sought to lay out his economic credentials. “In this global world no nation is, can, or need be an island. All foreign investments will be safe in Zimbabwe,” he told a crowd of tens of thousands at his inauguration ceremony. (Photo: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Smoke rises from cannon as the military regiment makes a 21-gun salute during the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa (R) on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Zinyange AuntonyAFP/Getty Images)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as President at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

People cheer as Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president in Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa swears in as Zimbabwe’s president in Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

A senior judge uses a fan to shield her face from the sun as she sits with others at the inauguration ceremony of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

A young girl marches in position as she mimics the military parade, accompanied by supporters holding posters of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, at his inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Army Chief of Staff General Constantino Chiwenga arrives at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, on Nov. 24, 2017 during an inauguration ceremony. (Photo: Zinyange AuntonyAFP/Getty Images)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

A member of the Christian Church Jowani Masowe Vadzidzi Vajesu awaits the beginning of the newly sworn-in President Inauguration ceremony at the National Sport Stadium in Harare, on Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Zinyange AuntonyAFP/Getty Images)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

A member of the military band dances as they wait for Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)

President Mnangagwa pledges new era in Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwean soldier stands to attention during a dress rehearsal ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP)