President Kenneth Kaunda was sworn in for a sixth five-year term Monday after capturing 95 percent of ballots in elections at which he was sole presidential candidate.
Hundreds of supporters cheered and sang as Kaunda, 64, arrived at the High Court for the ceremony.Kaunda told them their votes had given him "marching orders" to resolve Zambia's economic woes, including record inflation, unprecedented unemployment and a foreign debt of $5 billion.
"We are likely to face even more and greater problems over the next five years," said Kaunda. "But I am confident that we shall pull through."
To stay in power, the Zambian leader needed a simple majority of ballots cast by voters who were asked specifically to vote for or against him.
Only 4.5 percent of those who went to polls last Wednesday voted against him.