Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

BY: BBC

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said.

Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.

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"He died this evening. The family communicated this to me," MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.

Mr Tsvangirai's career was marked by a long political struggle against former President Robert Mugabe.

He had been beaten and imprisoned numerous times.


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Mr Tsvangirai's illness was said to have divided the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change), with some party officials reportedly jockeying to succeed the former trade union activist.

Culled from BBC 

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