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ELEANOR HALL: Let's go overseas to Zimbabwe, where the country's ageing dictator, Robert Mugabe has
been formally confirmed in his sixth term in office.

Mr Mugabe won last Friday's second-round presidential poll but under conditions that have been
condemned internationally.

And in one of his first announcements since being sworn in, Mr Mugabe has said he'll attend the
African Union summit in Egypt later today to face down his critics.

He's also said he wants to negotiate with the Zimbabwean Opposition, at some point.

This report from foreign affairs editor Peter Cave in South Africa.

PETER CAVE: As the band played and his red gowned and bewigged judiciary looked on, Robert Mugabe
claimed another five years at the helm of the country he

has ruled and ruined over the past three decades.

ROBERT MUGABE: I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, do swear that I will will...

PETER CAVE: Mr Mugabe was magnanimous in his victory speech offering to negotiate with the
Opposition in his words sooner rather than later.

He was also unstinting in his praise for his old friend South African President Thabo Mbeki's
efforts as mediator for the Southern African Development Council or SADC.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI: The inauguration is a meaningless exercise. As far as we're concerned, the world
and the African Union, is building up, the pressure is building up against him.

PETER CAVE: SADC's observer mission and the observer mission from the wider Pan-African Parliament
of the African Union have both given the election the thumbs down.

MARWICK KHUMALO: The mission concludes that the current atmosphere prevailing in the country did
not give rise to the conduct of free, fair and credible election.

PETER CAVE: The head of the Pan-African observer mission Marwick Khumalo.

Robert Mugabe has announced he will attend the African Union summit meeting which gets under way in
Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt later today. He is expected to try to stare down his critics there as he
has many times in the past using his age and standing as a hero of the African Liberation Movement.

The Zimbabwean Opposition has accused the South African President who flew in a day early of
lobbying on behalf of Mr Mugabe.

But there is a growing anger amongst Zimbabwe's neighbours.

RAILA ODINGA (translated): Mr Mugabe's become a huge embarrassment for the African continent and
we're saying that the African Union must deploy troops to Zimbabwe to liberate the people of
Zimbabwe.

PETER CAVE: Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga represents the more extreme view, but a growing list
of African leaders are calling for the Zimbabwe election to be declared invalid and the next two
days will tell if they can hold sway.

Meanwhile the United States is pushing for tougher sanctions in the UN Security Council and the US
says it's not concerned about South Africa trying to water down any action there.

JENDAYI FRAZER: South Africa doesn't have a veto on the Council, and we would expect in a Security
Council resolution to get the number of votes necessary to be able to more move forward with
multilateral sanctions. I think most people in the world understand today that more stringent
action is needed to get this government.

PETER CAVE: US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer.

This is Peter Cave reporting from Johannesburg for The World Today.