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

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.