(VOA) HARARE — Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has sworn in his Cabinet. He immediately called for unity as his government attends to the broken economy.
It is the first time in Zimbabwe’s 37-year history the oath is not being led by Robert Mugabe.
The 75-year-old Mnangagwa answered some questions following the ceremony.
“The new Cabinet is just to finish the term of the former president [Robert Mugabe] which is a period of six to seven months. It has been hectic and I believe that my team will withstand the challenge. I want them [Zimbabweans] united, we must grow our economy,” he said.
Mnangagwa took power last month in a military-led coup after the 93-year-old Mugabe fired him as vice president.
The new president has not indicated if he will seek a fresh term in elections expected by middle of next year.
A few meters from the State House, street vendor Vengai Muhwahwa commented about the new Cabinet.