Wednesday 17 January 2018

Tsvangirai vows to keep party job despite quit calls

Reuters

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he would remain leader of his MDC party, despite an internal call for him to quit after a big defeat in July's presidential election against Robert Mugabe.

Mr Tsvangirai has dismissed his third defeat by Mugabe as fraud, but it has fuelled speculation he might resign as leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the party he has led since its formation in 1999.

Mr Mugabe (89) took more than 60pc of the vote against 34 pc for Mr Tsvangirai.

But Mr Tsvangirai, who served as prime minister in a unity government with Mr Mugabe's ZANU-PF party until last month, said no one had challenged him for the leadership and he would continue as MDC president until the next party congress in 2016.

Irish Independent

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