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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies

Wednesday February 14 2018

 Morgan Tsvangirai

In this file photo taken on August 5, 2017 Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) addresses supporters gathered at a rally to launch the opposition parties' coalition to fight Zimbabwe's long-time president in 2018 elections in Harare. He died on February 14, 2018. PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA | AFP 

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Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe's regime for many years, died on Wednesday after battling against cancer, a party official said.

Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November.

"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.

Tsvangirai's death was confirmed to AFP by another senior party member. He was 65.

ASSASSINATION

Mugabe's government detained him on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.

Security forces swooped on Tsvangirai in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.

Tsvangirai also claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts — including one in 1997 in which he said attackers attempted to throw him out of his office window.

On February 8, Mr Tsvangirai appointed Mr Nelson Chamisa, one of his three deputies, to take charge of the party while he undergoes treatment for colon cancer in South Africa.