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Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies at age 65

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies at age 65

When Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980 he joined Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and rose to become a senior official.

"Morgan Tsvangirai will be remembered as one of Zimbabwe's great patriots", opposition figure and human rights lawyer David Coltart said.

Brezh Malaba- Morgan Tsvangirai defeated one of the most evil dictatorship on the face of the planet but they denied him power.

He served as Prime Minister under Mugabe between 2009-2013 in a unity government formed in 2009.

Tsvangirai was eventually sworn in as prime minister but found it impossible to achieve any meaningful reforms.

Many observers believed Tsvangirai had in fact won outright.

Some supporters drove around the city centre playing party music honouring Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai was aged 65 at the time of his death.

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Over the years, he was arrested repeatedly and accused of treason and plotting to assassinate the President, among other charges, but was never convicted. But Mugabe claimed victory with 61 per cent of the vote, compared with 34 per cent for Tsvangirai, and it seemed that Tsvangirai's brush with high office was over. However he played a part in paving the way for the overthrow of Mugabe in 2017.

The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) died yesterday of colon cancer in a hospital in Johannesburg.

"All we can say is very sad indeed", Zanu PF spokesperson ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo told the Daily News.

He had been chosen by the broader MDC Alliance to be the coalition's presidential candidate in elections slated for 2018.

After Mugabe was overthrown, there was fevered speculation that Mnangagwa would seek a more inclusive form of rule than that of the leader he had just ousted.

Mr Tsvangirai then continued for years as the country's opposition leader, facing significant repression from Mr Mugabe and ZANU-PF.

Morgan Richard Tsvangirai was born on March 10, 1952, in the southern district of Gutu, the son of a bricklayer father and a mother who was a subsistence farmer.

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