Harare — Zimbabwe’s main opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is facing the threat of damaging splits, just months before a historic election, as feuding erupts after the death on Wednesday of leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai’s final months were accompanied by increasingly public quarrelling among his three deputies, over who would succeed him as head of the MDC. The party — which has a history of splintering — had been trying reunite to fight the coming election, but the death of its widely admired founder triggered renewed rivalry. New divisions could mean that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the governing Zanu-PF face little opposition at the election, which is expected before July. Voters will go to the polls for the first time since Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since 1980, was ousted in November after a military intervention. "We are going to see a major split in the MDC now that Tsvangirai, who was the glue that held the party t...

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