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Zimbabwe prepares for swearing-in of new leader, opposition party awaits invitation

Published:Thursday | November 23, 2017 | 2:41 PM
A young supporter of Zimbabwe's President in waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa adjusts his beret as he awaits his arrival at the Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Wednesday. – AP Photo

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) :
Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-T party says it has not been invited to Friday's inauguration of the country's new leader.

Spokesman Obert Guru says party leader and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirari has not been invited either.

Guru says that "It is difficult for us to attend when we have not been invited, so we are still deliberating."

Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in Friday morning at a 60,000-seat stadium in the capital. The longtime Robert Mugabe ally who was fired early this month made his first public comments in his new role Wednesday in front of ruling party headquarters.

Activists and opposition members say they are watching closely to see if Mnangagwa's new talk of working together will bear out.