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Zimbabwean Opposition Leader Is Buried in Rural Home

Zimbabwean Opposition Leader Is Buried in Rural Home

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:38 AM

BUHERA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Thousands of people in Zimbabwe on Tuesday gathered for the burial of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, whose death from cancer exacerbated divisions within a movement preparing for elections this year.

A hearse carrying Tsvangirai's body in a white casket drove slowly through crowds to a school ground near his rural home in eastern Zimbabwe.

Rival leaders vied for control of the opposition MDC-T party after the death last week of Tsvangirai, a longtime opponent of former President Robert Mugabe who also entered into a flawed power-sharing arrangement with him after disputed elections.

"Our leaders are going to unite," Nelson Chamisa, head of the opposition party, said at the burial.

He said he had a condolence letter from Mugabe, but refused the crowd's calls that he read it and instead handed it to a member of Tsvangirai's family.

Chamisa's authority has been challenged by two other MDC officials, Thokozani Khupe and former Harare mayor Elias Mudzuri. The MDC-T party holds the second largest number of seats in Zimbabwe's parliament.

Mugabe resigned after a military takeover in November, and his successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, says elections will be held as scheduled this year.

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