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Morgan Tsvangirai


Before Robert Mugabe was overthrown last year, he was a very influential dictator for more than 35 years, and a very influential dictator needed to have a very influential opposition leader to stand against him. Morgan Tsvangirai filled that role perfectly. While he did have his flaws, he was able to bring together a group of people who all hated Mugabe, even if they weren't able to accomplish much to improve the country in the end.

Tsvangirai began his career as a miner in 1974 and spent ten years at the mine, making his way from plant operator to plant supervisor. After Zimbabwe gained independence from Great Britain in 1980, he joined Mugabe's party and was originally an ardent supporter of his. After becoming the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions in 1989, however, he slowly led the group away from Mugabe's party, and his relationship with the government deteriorated. Ten years later, he founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), which became the main opposition party against Mugabe. His first arrest came in October 2000, with the government alleging that he threatened Mugabe, but the court dismissed those charges.

He first attempted to become president in 2002, and he was defeated in that election, with rumors of Mugabe rigging it. In June 2003, he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence, and in 2007, one day after his 55th birthday, he was arrested again and beaten up. Despite these hardships, Tsvangirai persevered, and he ran for president in the 2008 election. He actually won the first round of votes, but because no candidate received 50% of the votes, they had to hold another round of voting. These results were hotly contested by the MDC, and after increasing violence in Zimbabwe, he had to withdraw from the second round of voting, and Mugabe was once again elected president. 

After negotiations with Mugabe, it was eventually announced that Tsvangirai would become the second prime minister of Zimbabwe, while Mugabe remained president, in order to form a unity government, which angered some MDC voters. They were right to be angry, as Mugabe did not honor this deal, and after Tsvangirai lost the presidential election again in 2013, the prime minister position was abolished. 

He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, and many deadpoolers became aware of him after reports of him taking a turn for the worse last year. After reportedly becoming critically ill on February 6, he died, at the age of 65, eight days later. Although he never became president of Zimbabwe, he was at least able to see the fall of a lifelong nemesis before he succumbed to his illness. He was worth 11 points to six players: Fisher, gcreptile, Gerard Tierney, me (Joey Russ), Morlock, and Pan Breed. 

--Joey Russ

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