Chamisa to lead MDC after Tsvangirai’s death

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Nelson Chamisa is the interim President of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), following leader Morgan Tsvangirai‘s death on Wednesday night.

Chamisa was elected after an emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Council in Harare to lead the party for six-months.

Party heavyweights, Thokozani Khupe and Edward Mudzuri, who was also vying for the leadership position didn’t attend the meeting.

MDC-T supporters are mourn the passing of the only leader they have known since the founding of the party in 1999.

And the Central Committee has to grapple with the difficult task of nominating an interim leader.

MDC-T leader Nelson Chamisa says, “We are very much saddened that we have lost our very crucial soldier at a crucial moment. We are just four months from election and we have lost a commander, but we don’t have a crisis, and we will win this election.”

Meanwhile, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that the government will assist with the funeral.

The MDC-T says Tsvangirai’s wish was to be laid to rest in his home village of Buhera, and the party will work with the family to fulfill that wish.

The party has suspended all its activities until the funeral.

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