Zimbabwe’s new prime minister survived a car accident Friday that killed his wife, officials said.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was taken to the hospital, where he was visited by President Robert Mugabe and other senior government officials.
The vehicle in which the two were traveling was reportedly sideswiped by a truck. Sources within Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change party said it appeared that Susan Tsvangirai took the full impact of the collision.
The accident happened south of the capital Harare, on an undulating road on a notoriously dangerous stretch. The prime minister was heading to his country home in Buhera, where he was to address a rally Saturday.
For 10 years, Tsvangirai was the country’s opposition leader and Mugabe’s fiercest critic. But after a disputed presidential vote last year and state-sponsored violence against the opposition, regional leaders stepped in and proposed a power-sharing deal.
Protracted negotiations and bickering over Cabinet posts finally ended last month when Tsvangirai took the oath of office as prime minister and joined his arch-rival in a national unity government. Tsvangirai pledged to rebuild Zimbabwe, but the challenges remain monumental: the country has the highest inflation in the world, a growing humanitarian and hunger crisis, and a cholera epidemic; health and education services have also collapsed.
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