Op­po­si­tion leader Ts­van­gi­rai dies

Western Mail - - NEWS -

ZIM­BABWE’S main op­po­si­tion leader Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai has died at the age of 65, a spokesman for his MDC party said.

Elias Mudzuri, a vice pres­i­dent of the MDC, said Mr Ts­van­gi­rai died yes­ter­day evening in a Jo­han­nes­burg hos­pi­tal. He had been bat­tling colon can­cer.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai for years was the most po­tent chal­lenger to long-time ruler Robert Mu­gabe and even be­came prime min­is­ter in an un­com­fort­able coali­tion gov­ern­ment. Mr Ts­van­gi­rai came close to win­ning power in 2008 when he got the most votes in the na­tional elec­tion, but ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial re­sults, was just short of the more than 50% ma­jor­ity needed to win out­right.

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