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World Briefing / Zimbabwe

Injured Tsvangirai goes to Botswana

March 09, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, injured in a car crash that killed his wife, has left Zimbabwe for medical treatment in Botswana.

Tsvangirai spent months in Botswana last year, fearing for his life at the height of a standoff with President Robert Mugabe -- the man with whom he formed a joint government last month.

Tsvangirai arrived in Botswana on Saturday, a day after the crash, according to a spokesman for Botswana's Foreign Ministry. Botswana President Seretse Khama has been one of the few African leaders to openly criticize Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980 and is accused of destroying its economy and trampling on human rights.

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