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Former Zimbabwe Army Chief Chiwenga Sworn in as Vice President

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FILE PHOTO: Retired Commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) General Constatino Chiwenga looks on after the swearing in of Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe's new president in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 24, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko/File photo

Retired Commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) General Constatino Chiwenga looks on after the swearing in of Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s new president in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 24, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko/File photo

Harare: Recently retired  Zimbabwe’s army chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led a defacto coup last month that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, was installed as the country’s vice president in Harare on Thursday.

Chiwenga, whose appearance on state television on November 15 preceded armed soldiers taking to the streets, paving the way for Emmerson Mnangagwa to become president, is the latest in a string of military leaders to be elevated to government positions.

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