Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South Africa

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South Africa

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South Africa

Hundreds of mourners have gathered outside the Movement for Democratic Change -T (MDC-T) party headquarters following news of the death of its leader, opposition veteran Morgan Tsvangirai.

He had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.

Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa lauded his party's arch-rival as "a strong trade unionist and opposition leader" and vowed free elections in honour of Tsvangirai who was assaulted, jailed and humiliated under Mnangagwa's predecessor Robert Mugabe. "The family communicated this to me", MDC vice-president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.

Hours before Tsvangirai died, the party announced an extraordinary meeting to settle who would be the interim leader.

Doorashadii 2008, Tsvangirai ayaa helay codadkii ugu badnaa wareegga kowaad, balse waxaa uga guuleystay Robert Mugabe kadib markii uu isaga baxay doorashada.

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He however pulled out of the race in the second round due to violence against his supporters.

In 2002 a doctored video surfaced of Morgan Tsvangirai purportedly plotting with a former Israeli intelligence agent to assassinate Mugabe.

His long struggle as Mr Mugabe's main challenger was credited with helping to keep a measure of democratic space open in Zimbabwe. I will remember him for his courage, humility, humour and relentless determination to bring freedom to Zim.

Mugabe frequently inveighed against Britain, the former colonial power, and depicted his adversaries, including Tsvangirai, as puppets of the country's former imperial overlords.

"Although we may have differed politically I held a deep respect for MT", he said.

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By the time elections were held the following year, Tsvangirai was greatly weakened.

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National Super Alliance (NASA) leader and Kenya's opposition chief, Raila Odinga, has paid emotional tribute to his fallen friend Morgan Tsvangirai.

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