Morgan Tsvangirai has died

The leader of Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, has died, a party official has confirmed.

Via his Twitter account, one of the vice presidents Engineer Elias Mudzuri broke the news:

Tsvangirai revealed he had been suffering from colon cancer in June 2016 and after that was frequently in hospital getting treatment.

At the time of his death he was receiving treatment in South Africa.

A very popular leader, Tsvangirai was instrumental in creating a fearless and credible opposition in Zimbabwe, one that caused numerous headaches for then President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF.

He defeated Mugabe in the 2008 elections but could not get the required 50%+1 to take over the presidency. After a violent runoff which he did not campaign for a negotiation Global Political Agreement led to the formation of a government in which Tsvangirai served as Prime Minister with Mugabe as President.

He was 65.

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