Vice President Phelekezela Mpoko joined other leaders from more than 25 countries and thousands of Angolans to witness the inauguration of Angola’s President, Mr Joao Lourenco.

The inauguration of a president is an elaborate event in which VIPs come from far and wide to give their mark of approval.

The people of Angola gathered in their thousands at the Augustino Neto Memorial Square in the capital, Luanda to witness the ushering in of a new president.

Mr Lourenco won the 23 August elections and takes over the leadership of the country from Engineer Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who served as president for 38 years.

During the inauguration ceremony, Engineer dos Santos arrived to wild celebration cheers from the thousands at the memorial square.

On the morning of the inauguration, the ZBC News spoke to people on the streets of Luanda who are hopeful that Mr Lourenco will work to revive their economy which has been on a downward turn in the last three years.

In his acceptance speech, President Lourenco, who spoke in Portuguese, hailed his predecessor, Engineer dos Santos and assured Angolans that he will do his best to revive the economy and create jobs for the youths.

Mr Bornito de Sousa was also sworn in as the country’s Vice President.

Cde Mpoko congratulated Angolans on the appointment of their new president.

The inauguration ceremony was marked with colorful scenes among them soldiers who saluted their new leader.

In the greater scheme of things, Angola remains a significant player in regional and world politics.

Zimbabwe is hopeful that the ushering in of a new president will serve to further strengthen the already good relations between the two countries.