Zimbabwe opposition leader admitted in South African hospital for cancer treatment

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's party has been riven by divisions since he struck a troubled four-year power-sharing deal with Mugabe after violent and disputed elections in 2008

Opposition leaders expressed concern over Tsvangirai's health.

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been hospitalised in South Africa after his health deteriorated, a senior party official told AFP Saturday, though a spokesman said his condition was stable. It was his second trip to the neighbouring country inside two months, with the first around mid-July, being a routine medical check-up.

News Day independent daily earlier reported Tsvangirai was airlifted to South Africa early Friday morning after he fell ill.

"He urged Zimbabweans to turn out for voter registration in their multitudes so as to deal with the multiple cancers afflicting the nation that include corruption and a clueless leadership that is concentrating on succession battles at the expense of the plight of the ordinary people".

The former trade unionist has been receiving treatment for cancer of the colon in South Africa.

Tsvangirai - who is due to challenge President Robert Mugabe in elections next year - was stable, the source said, dismissing reports in the media that he was dangerously sick.

Tsvangirai was prime minister between 2008 and 2013 as part of a power sharing agreement with President Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).

Pindai Dube said, "It will affect the political parties negotiations, as you know Morgan Tsvangirai has been leading the MDC for about 17 years and he was chosen by these political parties to lead the alliance". He eventually lost to Mugabe in the run-off election.

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