Breaking: Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is dead

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Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years Morgan Tsvangirai has died at the age of 65 after battling with cancer.

His death throws uncertainty over his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party less than three months after the army ousted 93-year-old foe from the presidency.

Mr. Tsvangirai, who founded the MDC in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November.

Mr. Tsvangirai was detained on numerous occasions by Mr. Mugabe’s government over his vocal criticism of the regime, his death was confirmed to The Telegraph by a family member.

However, elections are due within the next six months and Tsvangirai’s illness and now death leaves his party in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by former Mugabe deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Meanwhile, security forces swooped on Mr. Tsvangirai in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.

The opposition leader during his lifetime claimed he was 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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