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.
For those odd Western countries who happen to hold a different negative view of our electoral process and outcome, there is not much that we can do about them. We dismiss them as the vile ones whose moral turpitude we must mourn.
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."
Zimbabwe's MDC party has withdrew a court challenge against Mugabe's re-election, a party spokesman told Reuters.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has launched an attack on critics of his disputed re-election, telling them bluntly to "go hang".
In his first public address since his election win, Mr Mugabe dismissed his rivals as "Western-sponsored stooges" at a liberation war commemoration.
The leader of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change party and Mr Mugabe's main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, boycotted the rally as allegations of election fraud continued.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe told critics of his disputed re-election to "go hang" dismissing his rivals as "Western-sponsored stooges" at a liberation war commemoration that was boycotted by his principal challenger, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Speaking in the local Shona language, in colloquial phrases he does not usually use when speaking in English, Mugabe called on Tsvangirai to accept defeat:
"Those who are smarting from defeat can commit suicide if they so wish. But I tell them even dogs will not sniff at their flesh if they choose to die that way," he said.
He described Tsvangirai as the "enemy" in his party's midst during the shaky coalition brokered by regional leaders after the last disputed and violent poll in 2008.
"We have thrown the enemy away like garbage. They say we have rigged, but they are thieves"
Zimbabwe's MDC party has filed papers in the Constitutional Court challenging Robert Mugabe's election win.
My lawyers are at court filing papers challenging validity of July 31 poll
Botswana's government has disputed the result of Zimbabwe's general election which saw the long-standing president Robert Mugabe claim a landslide victory.
Its assessment stands in stark contrast with that of South Africa, which has congratulated Mr Mugabe on his victory.
Both nations belong to the Southern African Development Community which monitored the vote, and now appears to be divided.
The Botswana government said that although the election day itself had been "free of overt intimidation and violence", the electoral process "cannot be considered as an acceptable standard for free and fair elections".