Morgan Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe opposition leader dies in South Africa

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan TsvangiraiZimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa after a long battle with cancer, the vice-president of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party says.

Key points:
Morgan Tsvangirai had 18 months of treatment in South Africa
He was part of a unity government with Robert Mugabe from 2009-2013
Elections are due in Zimbabwe within six months
Mr Tsvangirai died after 18 months of treatment in South Africa. He was 65.

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

A powerful orator from humble beginnings, Mr Tsvangirai was arguably Zimbabwe’s most popular politician and came within a whisker of unseating Robert Mugabe, only to be outmanoeuvred and ultimately outlived by his long-time nemesis.

via Morgan Tsvangirai: Zimbabwe opposition leader dies in South Africa, party says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)