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[Published: Sunday March 08 2009]

Zimbabwe PM wife dies in car crash

Harare, 06 March-(ANA)-The wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash, reports say.

Susan Tsvangirai was travelling with her husband south of the capital, Harare, when the crash happened. Party sources say his injuries are slight.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.

The two had been long-time rivals before agreeing a power-sharing deal.

MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Reuters news agency that Mr Tsvangirai was not in a critical condition.

"We have just heard that there was an accident of sorts involving the president of the party. Injuries, yes, but not critical condition, we are still assessing the actual condition," he said.

The prime minister is said to have been on his way to his rural home at the start of the weekend when his vehicle was involved in a crash near Beatrice.

A second MDC spokesman, James Maridadi, told the Associated Press news agency that the car had been in collision with a lorry. The car was also carrying an aide, he said.

The accident comes just two days after Mr Tsvangirai delivered his maiden speech to parliament after being sworn in as prime minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government.

Mr Tsvangirai and his wife Susan, who were married in 1978, have six children. (ANA)

FA/ANA/06 March 2009---



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