Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangira dies aged 65

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died aged 65 after a battle with cancer, party officials have said.

Elias Mudzuri, a vice president of the Movement for Democratic Change party, reported Tsvangirai’s death in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.

“It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,” Mudzuri wrote.

Tsvangirai had been in and out of hospital in South Africa after revealing in 2016 that he had colon cancer.

Read more about Tsvangirai here, and watch a 2009 interview with him here.

He served as prime minister under ex-President Robert Mugabe in a 2009-2013 unity government.

Obert Gutu, a party spokesman, confirmed Tsvangirai’s death on Twitter, calling him “a political icon, a humble and tenacious fighter for the creation of a peaceful, stable, democratic and progressive nation-state in Zimbabwe”.

Last week, Tsvangirai had taken to Twitter to play down speculation that his illness was terminal.

“I have cancer and [am] not feeling too well, but I am stable and the process is under control. … I am recovering,” he wrote on February 6.

Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa, reporting from Harare, said that people in Zimbabwe’s capital were “shocked” at the news of his death.

“A lot of people are saying they are going to miss him,” she said.

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