ZIMBABWE’S former army commander who led a military takeover that helped end Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule was Thursday sworn in as one of the country’s two vice presidents.
Gen. Constantino Chiwenga took the oath of office in Harare, pledging to be “faithful” to Zimbabwe and to “obey, uphold and defend the constitution.”
Chiwenga retired from the military last week, slightly over a month after the army temporarily took control of the country on Nov. 15, culminating in Mugabe’s resignation six days later.
Mugabe was ousted from power after the military intervened in response to internal feuding and factionalism in the ruling ZANU-PF party over who would succeed the autocratic leader.
Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace had been positioning herself to follow her husband.
Several other senior army officers have in recent weeks been appointed to ministerial or key positions in the ruling party.
Chiwenga became the public face of the upheaval in Zimbabwe that saw Mugabe eased from power.