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Mugabe swears in new number two

Emmerson Mnangagwa will retain his position as Justice Minister in addition to being vice president.

Emmerson Mnangagwa will retain his position as Justice Minister in addition to being vice president of Zimbabwe.  Picture: AFP.

ZIMBABWE - The man now seen as the most likely successor to President Robert Mugabe has taken his oath of office before the president at a ceremony at State House in Harare.

A second vice president and several more ministers were sworn in at the same ceremony in the wake of a purge of perceived supporters of ousted vice president, Joice Mujuru.

In a solemn ceremony, President Mugabe's new number two vowed to uphold the Constitution and obey the laws of Zimbabwe.

But the room erupted into loud cheers once the man nicknamed 'The Crocodile' had completed the formalities.

Emmerson Mnangagwa will retain his position as Justice Minister in addition to being vice president.

The former Zimbabwe ambassador to South Africa, Phelekezela Mphoko, also took his oath of office, as the second vice president.

Several ministers and deputy ministers were sworn in today to replace those who were ousted earlier this week for their perceived loyalty to Mujuru, who was fired for allegedly plotting to topple Mugabe.