Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as President of Zimbabwe to loud cheers from a packed national stadium in Harare.
It comes after the dramatic removal of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of dictatorial regime.
The ex vice-president’s removal from office earlier this month led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to get involved and force Mr. Mugabe to relinquish power.
Mr Mnangagwa, had fled the nation, got back from exile on Wednesday.
The opposition is appealing to Mr Mnangagwa, who has been part of the ruling influential, to bring a stop to the “culture of corruption”.
Even though Mr. Mnangagwa has overthrown Zimbabwe’s long-time monarch, he is still connected to many with some of the most awful murders committed under the regime Zanu-PF party since the nation attained independence in 1980.
He was the nation’s spymaster in the 1980s civil clash, in which thousands of civilians were killed. But he has refuted any responsibility in the massacres, faulting the army.
After being fired as part of a supremacy struggle over who would succeed Mr. Mugabe as president, Mr. Mnangagwa fled to South Africa two weeks ago – only to return home on Wednesday to a hero’s welcome.
Thousands of citizens filled the National Sports Stadium at Harare to see the inaugural ceremony. Pop singer Jah Prayzer provided the entertainment and, as people in the crowd danced.
Opposition leaders Morgan Tsvangirai , Joice Mujuru and other dignitaries, including leaders from various African countries filed in to cheers.
Mr. Mnangagwa was guided in the oath of office by Chief Justice Luke Malaba, saying he would “be true to Zimbabwe”, “defend and uphold the rights and people of Zimbabwe” and perform his duties to the best of his abilities.
The crowd applauded a 21-gun salute and a flypast.