Harare— Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has appointed Nelson Chamisa, the youngest of his three deputies, as acting party president until his return. Tsvangirai has been in hospital in SA since January due to colon cancer, and this move has ignited speculation about his likely successor. Prior to the latest appointment, Chamisa was the acting leader — in the absence of Tsvangirai — of an alliance of six opposition parties, led by the MDC. In 2017, the alliance picked Tsvangirai to be its face in general elections scheduled for sometime between July and August 2018. Chamisa will now hold both the leadership of the MDC and the alliance until Tsvangirai’s return,. A statement issued on Wednesday by Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said Chamisa’s appointment was "in light of the president’s absence and that of the other two vice-presidents, who are both in SA". On Tuesday Tsvangirai was forced to turn to social med...

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