President Jacob Zuma's swearing-in as the new President in the ampitheatre of the Union Buildings in Pretoria -- the seat of South Africa's government -- attracted guests from across the globe, including an array of African leaders.
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An early morning downpour saw a sea of black umbrellas appear over the VIP seats in the open-air amphitheatre.
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Braving the rainy weather was Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar, still recognized by South Africa as president of his country.
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The First Vice President of Sudan and President of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, attended in place of President Omar al-Bashir, who risks arrest on a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court if he visits South Africa.
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Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi came attired in a general's uniform.
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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe arrived hand-in-hand...
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...While President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya showed up alone.
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Outgoing South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, left, now the deputy president, embraced former president Thabo Mbeki.
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President-elect Zuma and his first wife Sizakele (MaKhumalo) were greeted by former first lady Zanele Mbeki, left, and Thabo Mbeki (partly obscured).
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After Zuma took the oath, South African jets darted across the sky...
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Leaving trails in their wake.
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Zuma introduced Sizakele Zuma to the crowd which gathered on the lawns below the Union Buildings for his inauguration...
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