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Zimbabwe's Morgan Tsvangirai dies

R.I.P: Morgan Tsvangirai

ZIMBABWE'S MAIN opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has confirmed.

The 65-year-old former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer, where he had spent 18 months undergoing treatment for cancer.

MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters: "He died this evening. The family communicated this to me."

Mudzuri said on Twitter that the MDC had "lost our icon and fighter for democracy".

According to CNN, Tsvangirai's death increases the power of ZANU-PF ahead of elections later this year.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over as President and ZANU-PF leader after Mugabe's resignation last November, will be the heavy favorite to win the vote.

Tsvangirai founded the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) in 2000, and his career was marked by a political struggle with former President Robert Mugabe.

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