Africa's oldest ruler, Mugabe says the years 'haven't withered me'
HARARE (AFP) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who will extend his 33-years in power on Thursday, once quipped he would rule his country until he turned 100.
Taking the oath for a fresh five-year term at 89-and-a-half, he is getting closer to reaching that goal.
The inauguration ceremony at a 60,000-seater sports stadium is seen as a show of power to confer legitimacy following yet another disputed election victory.
It "can be read as a farewell event for Mugabe. It reminds one of Jesus's Last Supper," said political scientist Eldred Masunungure.