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At 89 Years Old, Zimbabwe President Mugabe Sworn in for Five More Years

President Robert Mugabe took the oath of office in Zimbabwe's capital city of Harare on August 22, 2013 after beating his closest rival, former Prime Minister of the coalition government Morgan Tsvangirai for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), in the disputed July 31 presidential election.

Tsangirai boycotted the inauguration ceremony calling it “a robber's party”.

Mugabe, who is 89 years old and has been in power for 33 years, will continue to rule the country for the next five years. Election observer missions from the African Union (AU) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) endorsed Mugabe's victory amid claims of massive electoral fraud coming from the opposition and Western nations led by US and the UK. Botswana is the only African country that called for an independent audit into the election.

Mugabe responded to allegations of rigging by telling critics to “go hang.”

President Robert Mugabe is the second oldest presidential candidate in Africa. Photo released to the public domain by the U.S. federal government.

President Robert Mugabe is the oldest leader in Africa. Photo released to the public domain by the U.S. federal government.

In his inauguration speech in front of 40 heads of state and thousands of his supporters, Mugabe dismissed Western nations “as the vile ones whose moral turpitude we must mourn.”

Zimbabweans and non-Zimbabweans online have been discussing the event on Twitter using the hashtags #inauguration and #zimbabwe.

Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube), a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and owner of the South African Mail & Guardian, assessed the mood in Harare:

otukile ben ‏(@otukileob) wanted to know Mugabe's secret for being in power for 33 years:

the people (@nowisthetime_13) wondered:

Sizani Weza (‏@Sizzle769) questioned the timing of the inauguration:

The opposition MDC and Tsvangirai withdrew their election petition following a failed legal challenge at the High Court seeking permission to access all materials used in the elections. In an unexpected turn of events, the judge ordered the arrest of Tsvangirai's lawyers for alleged contempt of court following statements made by Tsvangirai in his Electoral Court application, which questioned the integrity of the judiciary.

Pole Sana (@takawiram) wrote the following about Tsvangirai:

zenzele Ndebele (‏@zenzele), editor at Radio Dialogue FM, wrote:

Referring to Mugabe's seventh term in office, Voice of Reason (@DiscipleofLogic) said:

ZimElections2013 ‏(@Zimelections13) reported that people attending the ceremony were treated to chicken from a popular Zimbabwan take-away while Mtarazi (@chamapiwa) wanted to know the source of funds for the food:

All Things Zim (@Zimtweets) tweeted a photo of the free chicken:

Talking about the same issue, Sekuru Simba (@zimhipster) asked:

Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube) advised the opposition MDC:

Finally, Gareth Bench-Capon (@garethbc) shared a joke making the rounds online about Mugabe rigging family vote for holiday destination:

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