Mugabe campaigns despite criticism

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 26 (UPI) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, facing no opposition in a run-off election, refused to consider Thursday canceling the vote.

Tsvangirai recants call for U.N. force

LONDON, June 26 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is denying he supports U.N. forces being brought to the country a day after he was quoted favoring that position.
Mandela lashes out at Mugabe

Mandela lashes out at Mugabe

LONDON, June 26 (UPI) -- Nelson Mandela has lashed out at Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for what he called a "tragic failure of leadership."
Homeless Zimbabweans plead for help

Homeless Zimbabweans plead for help

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 26 (UPI) -- Internally displaced Zimbabweans were outside the South African Embassy in Harare, seeking help as conditions in Zimbabwe deteriorate, opposition leaders say.

Mugabe says election won't be postponed

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 24 (UPI) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Tuesday the presidential election will go on Friday despite calls for a postponement by the United Nations and others.
ANC denounces Mugabe regime

ANC denounces Mugabe regime

PRETORIA, South Africa, June 24 (UPI) -- South Africa's ruling party is accusing the government of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe of "riding roughshod" over democracy.
Tsvangirai praises U.N. resolution

Tsvangirai praises U.N. resolution

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 24 (UPI) -- Former Zimbabwean presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, holed up in the Dutch Embassy in Harare, praised a U.N. resolution condemning violence there.

U.N. condemns Zimbabwe violence

UNITED NATIONS, June 23 (UPI) -- The United Nations Security Council Monday condemned the wave of violence that has beset Zimbabwe during the run-up to a scheduled presidential election runoff.

Tsvangirai seeks refuge in Dutch embassy

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 23 (UPI) -- One-time Zimbabwean presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai sought refuge Monday in the country's Dutch embassy, Dutch government officials say.

Mugabe urges supporters to vote

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 23 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is urging his supporters to vote for him in Friday's presidential elections even though his main challenger has dropped out.

Tsvangirai pulls out of Zimbabwe election

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 22 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai said Sunday he's pulling out of Friday's national elections, handing victory to President Robert Mugabe.
Tsvangirai ponders pulling out of runoff

Tsvangirai ponders pulling out of runoff

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 20 (UPI) -- Leaders of Zimbabwe's opposition party, faced with reports of escalating violence against its supporters, said they may pull out of next week's runoff election.
Opposition says Mugabe followers killed 5

Opposition says Mugabe followers killed 5

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 19 (UPI) -- Opposition leaders in Zimbabwe say four activists and the wife of Harare's mayor, an opposition member, were found dead Thursday as the runoff election nears.
Mbeki flies to Zimbabwe for talks

Mbeki flies to Zimbabwe for talks

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 18 (UPI) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki flew to Zimbabwe Wednesday to discuss the upcoming presidential runoff with President Robert Mugabe.

Pro-Mugabe attacks reported on the rise

HARARE, Zimbabwe, June 17 (UPI) -- Groups loyal to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe have stepped up violence in advance of next week's presidential elections, opposition supporters say.
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Morgan Tsvangirai
Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai gives a press conference at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, November 18, 2008. Tsvangirai warned President Robert Mugabe today not to form a government without him, vowing to use his majority in parliament to render such a regime unworkable. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (/ˈtʃæŋɡɪraɪ/, Shona: ; born 10 March 1952) is the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. He is the President of the Movement for Democratic Change - Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and a key figure in the opposition to President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe on 11 February 2009. He sustained non-life threatening injuries in a car crash on 6 March 2009 when heading towards his rural home in Buhera. His wife, Susan Tsvangirai, was killed in the head-on collision.

Tsvangirai was the MDC candidate in the controversial 2002 presidential election, losing to Mugabe. He later contested the first round of the 2008 presidential election as the MDC-T candidate, taking 47.8% of the vote according to official results, placing him ahead of Mugabe, who got 43.2%. Tsvangirai claimed to have won a majority and said that the results could have been altered in the month between the election and the reporting of official results. Tsvangirai initially planned to run in the second round against Mugabe, but withdrew shortly before it was held, arguing that the election would not be free and fair due to widespread violence and intimidation by government supporters.

Tsvangirai was born in the Gutu area in then-Southern Rhodesia, the eldest of nine children and the son of a carpenter and bricklayer. After leaving school early, in 1974 he started working for the Trojan Nickel Mine in Mashonaland Central. He spent ten years at the mine, rising from plant operator to plant supervisor. His current rural home is Buhera, which is 220 km south east of Harare.

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