Thousands gather in Harare for Mnangagwa swearing-in

Nov 24, 2017, 4:59 AM EST
For many “Crocodile” Emmerson Mnangagwa isn’t the “obvious champion of change.”
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Thousands of jubilant Zimbabweans flocked to the National Sports Stadium at Harare to witness a “historic day” as Emmerson Mnangagwa prepares to be sworn in as the country’s president following an abrupt end to Robert Mugabe’s marathon regime.

Mugabe, who has reportedly been granted immunity from prosecution, will not be attending the swearing-in ceremony, a fact that reminds about the tense state of power transition in the country, writes the BBC.

While Zimbabweans welcome the new era of politics, “Crocodile” Mnangagwa isn’t the “obvious champion of change,” notes The Guardian. The leader has been Mugabe’s right hand man and shares the same allegations of human rights abuses and corruption as the former president.