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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tsvangirai's wife killed in car crash

Fri, 06 Mar 2009 19:37:35 GMT | PressTV

Moragan Tsvangirai (center) and his wife Susan (l) in the Prime Minister's inauguration ceremony
Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is rushed to a hospital after his car collided with a truck in an accident that killed his wife.

"Yes I can confirm that he was involved in a car accident along Harare-Masvingo road," Tsvangirai's spokesman, James Maridadi told CNN on Friday.

Tsvangirai along with his wife, an aide, and the driver, were all rushed to Harare hospital for treatment, Maridadi added.

The prime minister's wife, Susan, however, died in the hospital of the wounds she sustained doing the head-on collision. The extent of Tsvangirai's injuries remains unclear.

Morgan and Susan Tsvangirai, who got married in 1978, have six children.

The premier is said to have been en route to his rural home in Buhera, where he planned to hold a weekend rally, when the accident took place near Beatrice.

Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader was sworn in as prime minister last month, after endless rounds of talks with his arch-rival President Robert Mugabe.

The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was offered the post of prime minister after his disputed defeat against Mugabe in the March 2008 presidential elections.

Tsvangirai won a majority of votes by a narrow margin in the election, but failed to secure more than 50 percent of the ballot while accusing the government of poll rigging.

The MDC leader initially planned to take part in a run-off against Mugabe in June, but withdrew from the elections, after his supporters were targeted in a campaign of violence led by the government. About 200 MDC supporters were killed.

After endless rounds of talks, mediated by South Africa's former president Thabo Mbeki, the two sides finally set aside differences and agreed on September to share power.

However mistrusts between the two arch-rivals continued as they sparred over who should control key ministries such as finance, information and home affairs.

The concerns were finally addressed when Zimbabwe's parliament approved a law that places Mugabe and Tsvangirai on a National Security Council that will allow all parties control of the security forces.

The two rivals' perpetual political row saw many opposition figures and activists killed and repeatedly arrested, including the premier himself.

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