Zim­babwe loses op­po­si­tion head

The Observer - - NEWS | WORLD -

ZIM­BABWE’s op­po­si­tion leader Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai has died, the vice pres­i­dent of his Move­ment for Demo­cratic Change party has said.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai, 65 and a for­mer prime min­is­ter, re­port­edly had colon can­cer.

He was the coun­try’s most pop­u­lar politi­cian who rose from lead­ing the min­ing union to po­lit­i­cal strug­gles with Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe.

The bru­tal and un­pop­u­lar Mr Mu­gabe re­signed in De­cem­ber to avoid be­ing top­pled.

Elec­tions are due within six months and Mr Ts­van­gi­rai's death leaves his party in dis­ar­ray and gives strength to Mr Mu­gabe’s ZANU-PF party, led by Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa.

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