Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died.

Tsvangirai died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, casting his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party into the unknown less than three months after the army ousted long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.

The opposition leader was chosen as the MDC presidential candidate for the upcoming general elections due to be held during or before September 2018.

Tsvangirai who died in South Africa, was 65.

 “I can confirm that he died this evening. The family communicated this to me,” MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.

Morgan Richard Tsvangirai who was Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister  from 2009 to 2013 is arguably the country’s most popular politician. His career as the mining union leader was ultimately defined by his tussles with 93-year-old Mugabe, who resigned after a de facto coup in December.