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Zimbabwe leader Mugabe sworn in for seventh term; decries West, gays

Zimbabwe leader Mugabe sworn in for seventh term; decries West, gays

PRETORIA -- Robert Mugabe was sworn in Thursday for another five-year term as the president of Zimbabwe, despite allegations from political opponents and Western states that the election was rigged.

The 89-year-old, who has ruled the country since its independence in 1980, lashed out at Western critics in an inauguration speech, saying many countries in Africa and around the world "hailed our elections as free and fair and credible," with the exception of a "few dishonest Western countries."

"These Western countries hold a different negative view of the electoral process," Mugabe said to a crowd of 60,000 assembled in a sports stadium in Harare,...

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