Harare, Feb 15 (AFP) Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who fought Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, died today after battling against cancer, a party official said. Also Read - 'School Nahi Gayi Thi Kya'! Shilpa Shetty Trolled For Confusing 'Gantantra' Divas With 'Swatantra' Day

Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November. Also Read - Republic Day 2021: How To Download And Send Themed WhatsApp Stickers | Steps Here

“It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,” Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the MDC, said on Twitter. Also Read - Twitter to Launch New Emoji Ahead of Republic Day | Check it Out Here

Tsvangirai’s death was confirmed to AFP by another senior party member. He was 65.

Mugabe’s government detained him on numerous occasions over his vocal criticism of the regime.

Security forces swooped on Tsvangirai in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.

Tsvangirai also claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts — including one in 1997 in which he said attackers attempted to throw him out of his office window. (AFP) CK 15020140

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.