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Tsvangirai's wife killed in car accident

Published 06/03/2009

Susan and Morgan Tsvangirai
Susan and Morgan Tsvangirai

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife has been killed in a car accident.

Susan Tsvangirai was travelling with her husband just outside Harare when their vehicle collided with a lorry.

Mr Tsvangirai is in hospital but his injuries have been described as minor.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa said: "We have just heard that there was an accident of sorts involving the president of the party. Injuries, yes, but not critical condition, we are still assessing the actual condition."

Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was sworn in as prime minister on 11 February, joining his bitter adversary Robert Mugabe in an unlikely political experiment.

Mr Tsvangirai won more votes than Mr Mugabe in the presidential poll last March despite widespread intimidation, and his MDC won a majority of seats in parliament. Mr Mugabe's response was to unleash the security forces in a campaign of intimidation and murder that left hundreds dead.

The violence compelled Mr Tsvangirai to withdraw from the presidential run-off and Mr Mugabe's unopposed re-election was dismissed as illegitimate by the EU and African observers.

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