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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai ‘dies’

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died aged 65, 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 has been in and out of hospitals suffering from colon cancer.

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

Obert Gutu, 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".

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