Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

A thin line between fact-checking and propaganda in Gaza social media coverage

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive

Read more

FOCUS

Ireland's missing babies casting light on a dark history...

Read more

WEB NEWS

World Cup 2014: Germany-Brazil inspires the Web

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Boutros-Ghali: 'I wanted to reform the UN'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

57 000 little problems

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The Sarkozy 'threat'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

  • Hamas rockets reaching deeper into Israel

    Read more

  • French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces close in on Donetsk

    Read more

  • Germany asks US intelligence station chief to leave country

    Read more

  • Death toll rises in Gaza as militants target Israeli cities

    Read more

  • UN chief Ban Ki-moon appoints new Syria mediator

    Read more

  • Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting

    Read more

  • Tour de France passes WWI Chemin des Dames battlefield

    Read more

  • Senegalese man awarded French visa in gay marriage debate

    Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

  • 100 years on, the Tour de France returns to the Western Front

    Read more

LIVE: Mugabe to be sworn in, again

©

Latest update : 2008-06-29

President Robert Mugabe, who's been ruling Zimbabwe for 28 years, is to be sworn in at 1300 GMT on Sunday in Harare for his fifth term in office. Watch France 24's special coverage live.

 

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe invited opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to his inauguration on Sunday after a widely condemned election which African observers said was unfair and scarred by violence and intimidation.

 

Tsvangirai immediately rejected the invitation, saying the inauguration was meaningless after an illegitimate poll. He said he would ask the African Union not to recognise Mugabe's re-election.

 

Mugabe's spokesman, George Charamba, told Reuters the invitation was "done in the spirit of the president's wish to reach out...It is a major step towards political engagement."

 

The veteran Zimbabwean leader is under heavy pressure from within Africa to enter talks with Tsvangirai over the country's political and economic crisis.

 

"Well, you know that the whole inauguration is meaningless as far as I'm concerned, so I can't give support to an exercise I'm totally opposed to... the whole world has condemned it, the Zimbabwean people will not give this exercise legitimacy and support," Tsvangirai told Reuters.

 

He said the opposition was committed to African Union sponsored talks with Mugabe's government although no negotiations had started.

 

Analysts said before Friday's vote that Mugabe defied a chorus of calls to call off the one-candidate election so that he could negotiate with Tsvangirai from a position of strength.

 

Pan-African parliament observers, one of the few groups able to monitor the ballot, said the vote on Friday was so flawed it should be rerun.

 

Results have not been released, but Mugabe said he was heading for victory in the poll, dismissed as a sham by much of the world.

The government said Mugabe's swearing-in for a new five-year term would be held at 3 p.m. (1300 GMT).

 

The inauguration would allow Mugabe to extend his 28 years of unbroken rule before attending an African Union summit in Egypt on Monday where he has vowed to confront his critics.

 

Mugabe was the only candidate after Movement for Democratic Change leader Tsvangirai withdrew because of government-backed violence which he said had killed nearly 90 of his supporters.

 

"These elections were not free and fair," said Marwick Khumalo, head of the Pan-African parliament observer team.

 

"Conditions should be put in place for the holding of free, fair and credible elections as soon as possible."

Date created : 2008-06-29

Comments

COMMENT(S)