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Morgan Tsvangirai (1952-2018) was a politician and prime minister of Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013. Tsvangirai was former President Robert Mugabe’s chief political rival, despite being one of Mugabe’s most zealous supporters at one point. In 1999, Tsvangirai co-founded the Movement for Democratic Change, an opposition party directly challenging Mugabe’s leadership. As a result, Tsvangirai was repeatedly arrested, assaulted, and accused of treason to silence opposition to Mugabe. In 2008, Tsvangirai and Mugabe signed a power-sharing agreement, which made Tsvangirai prime minister, while Mugabe continued as president. During the Zimbabwean coup d'état in 2017, Tsvangirai called for Mugabe to resign. Tsvangirai subsequently died of cancer.