Politics: Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s veteran opposition leader, has died at 65

FILE PHOTO: Opposition Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses a crowd gathered outside parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Earlier this month Tsvangirai was reported to be "critically ill" in hospital. He had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.

  • Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's longtime opposition leader and political rival of former Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, has died at 65.
  • Earlier this month, it was reported he was "critically ill" in hospital in South Africa.
  • He had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's longtime opposition leader and political rival of former Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, has died at 65.

His death was confirmed to Reuters by a member of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party.

Earlier this month, it was reported he was "critically ill" in hospital in South Africa. He had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer.

MDC Vice President Elias Mudzuri tweeted the party had "lost our icon and fighter for democracy."

Tsvangirai founded the MDC in 2000, and remained a key opposition figure against Robert Mugabe's long hold on power.

According to Reuters, Tsvangirai was arguably Zimbabwe's most popular politician, defined by his years-long conflict with Mugabe.

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