Zimbabwean Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Is Dead
Morgan Tsvangirai, popular Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, has died at the age of 65 after battling with cancer, a party official said.
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.
Elections are due within the next six months and Tsvangirai’s illness and now death leaves his party MDC,in disarray, to the advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party, now led by former Mugabe deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“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.
Mr Tsvangirai’s death was confirmed to The Telegraph by a family member.
Mr Mugabe’s government detained him on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.