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Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies in South Africa

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died on Wednesday in South Africa after a long battle with cancer, the vice president of his Movement for Democratic Change party said.

He died on Wednesday aged 65, after 18 months of treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

“I can confirm that he died this evening. The family communicated this to me,” Elias Mudzuri told Reuters.

Early February the party said their leader Morgan Tsvangirai was recovering well in a Johannesburg hospital and “will be back home soon to prepare for elections”. This came after widespread reports that he was in a critical condition, with some urging the world to “brace for the worst”. Tsvangirai also dismissed the rumors using his Twitter account.

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