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Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies

Morgan Tsvangirai speaks to supporters at a rally in Harare in October 2008 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Morgan Tsvangirai took part in a long political battle with Robert Mugabe

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.

“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.

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.