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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said that Britain and the US should not 'harass' the African nation, referring to sanctions that he says are pressuring his government.
"They should not continue to harass us, the British and Americans," Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader at 89, said at the funeral of an airforce officer.
"We have not done anything to their companies here, the British have several companies in this country, and we have not imposed any controls, any sanctions against them, but time will come when we will say well, tit for tat, you hit me I hit you."
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe threatened on Sunday to retaliate "tit for tat" against companies from Britain and the United States if these Western powers persisted in pressuring his government with sanctions and what he called "harassment".
Mugabe has fiercely rejected questioning from the West of a July 31 election that returned him to power in the southern African country he has ruled for 33 years. His main rival called the election a "huge fraud".
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe branded the West "vile" and said his critics could "go hang", shortly after taking his oath of office today.
"Except for a few Western dishonest countries, our elections have been hailed as peaceful, free, fair and credible," the 89-year-old told supporters in an hour-long speech.
A full National Sports Stadium in Harare watched Robert Mugabe sworn in as Zimbawe president for his seventh five-year term.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been sworn in for a new five-year term in the face of criticism from opponents and the West that the election he won in July was deeply flawed.
Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, has told critics of his re-election to "go hang" and has vowed to press ahead with nationalist policies forcing foreign firms to turn over majority stakes to black Zimbabweans.
Britain has called for an independent investigation of alleged vote-rigging in Zimbabwe as Robert Mugabe prepared to be signed in for a seventh term as president.
Mugabe's victory in July's poll was declared free and fair by the country's top court despite what Foreign Secretary William Hague described as "strong evidence" of illegality.
"I strongly believe that an independent investigation of any allegations of election irregularities would be required for the election result to be deemed credible," he said in a statement.
"I have grave concerns over the conduct of the election, and the flaws highlighted in the South African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) observation missions' initial assessments."