World Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies: party official

22:20  14 february  2018
22:20  14 february  2018 Source:   AFP

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JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe 's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died today following his critical condition in the South African hospital, a senior party official told local media Thursday afternoon.

Zimbabwe ’s main opposition leader , Morgan Tsvangirai , has died aged 65. Tsvangirai ’s illness, revealed in 2016, has divided his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party , with three deputy leaders and other officials publicly manoeuvring to succeed the former trade union leader .

Morgan Tsvangirai founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999 © Provided by AFP Morgan Tsvangirai founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999

Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe's regime for many years, died on Wednesday after battling against cancer, a party official said.

Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November.

"It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy," Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the MDC, said on Twitter.

Tsvangirai's death was confirmed to AFP by another senior party member. He was 65.

Mugabe's government detained him on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.

Security forces swooped on Tsvangirai in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.

Tsvangirai also claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts -- including one in 1997 in which he said attackers attempted to throw him out of his office window.

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