Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa aged 65, the vice president of his party has said.

Mr Tsvangirai, a former prime minister, had been battling cancer before he passed away on Wednesday.

Elias Mudzuri, deputy leader of the Movement for Democratic Change party, told Reuters:  “I can confirm that he died this evening. The family communicated this to me.”

Mr Tsvangirai’s career was marked by a political struggle against former President Robert Mugabe.

He had been imprisoned several times.

At the peak of his career, he served as prime minister to Mugabe’s president in a 2009-2013 unity government.

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