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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe swears in new vice presidents, after firing predecessor

  • Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe  attempts to make Dali Thando Phekezela Mphoko, the grandson of  his Deputy President, Phekezela Mphoko, chant the party's slogan after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Friday, Dec, 12, 2014. Mphoko was sworn  in following a cabinet reshuffle that saw former deputy President Joice Mujuru dismissed from her post, over allegations that she plotted to remove the Zimbabwean President from power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attempts to make Dali Thando Phekezela Mphoko, the grandson of his Deputy President, Phekezela Mphoko, chant the party's slogan after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Friday, Dec, 12, 2014. Mphoko was sworn in following a cabinet reshuffle that saw former deputy President Joice Mujuru dismissed from her post, over allegations that she plotted to remove the Zimbabwean President from power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe sits after a swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Friday, Dec, 12, 2014. A new look cabinet  was sworn in  following a cabinet reshuffle that saw former deputy President Joice Mujuru dismissed from her post, over allegations that she plotted to remove the Zimbabwean President from power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe sits after a swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Friday, Dec, 12, 2014. A new look cabinet was sworn in following a cabinet reshuffle that saw former deputy President Joice Mujuru dismissed from her post, over allegations that she plotted to remove the Zimbabwean President from power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, Vice President of Zimbabwe chats with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Friday, Dec, 12, 2014. Mnangagwa was sworn  in following a cabinet reshuffle that saw former deputy President Joice Mujuru dismissed from her post, over allegations that she plotted to remove the Zimbabwean President from power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Emmerson Mnangagwa, left, Vice President of Zimbabwe chats with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after the swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare, Friday, Dec, 12, 2014. Mnangagwa was sworn in following a cabinet reshuffle that saw former deputy President Joice Mujuru dismissed from her post, over allegations that she plotted to remove the Zimbabwean President from power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)  (The Associated Press)

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has sworn in two new vice presidents.

Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, was appointed Friday as the senior of the two during a televised ceremony. They replace Joice Mujuru, who was fired earlier this week after she was booted from the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mugabe accused Mujuru and her allies, who were also fired, of plotting his assassination.

Mnangagwa kneeled before the 90-year-old Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, in a show of gratitude when his appointment was announced on Wednesday.

A lawyer by profession, Mnangagwa will retain his position as head of the justice ministry.

The second vice president, Phelekezela Mphoko, was previously a diplomat.