Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been flown to
Botswana where he will recuperate and rest after leaving the hospital
following a car accident that killed his wife.
Sources close to Mr. Tsvangirai told reporters Saturday the prime minister is exhausted and needs time to rest.
Mr. Tsvangirai was seen leaving the hospital earlier Saturday with other officials of the Movement for Democratic Change.
and world leaders have sent condolences to the prime minister. South
African President Kgalema Motlanthe issued a statement Saturday
expressing his shock and wishing Mr. Tsvangirai a speedy recovery.
South African Press Association (SAPA) reports ruling African National
Congress party President Jacob Zuma issued a similar statement. The
United States and Britain also sent messages of sympathy.
Saturday, Zimbabwean finance minister and MDC leader Tendai Biti said a
police escort could have prevented the car accident.
The MDC secretary-general said that while police are investigating the crash, his party will conduct its own probe.
Initial reports say the truck that hit the prime minister's car was carrying AIDS medicine donated by the United States.
officials have said they want an inquiry into the collision late Friday
on the poorly maintained road where the crash happened on the outskirts
of the capital, Harare.
Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe,
visited the the prime minister, a long-time bitter political rival,
while he was in the hospital.
Tsvangirai's wife, Susan, was 50 years old. They have six children.
Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai joined forces in a power-sharing government
last month under intense pressure from regional leaders to end the
nation's political and economic crisis following violence-marred
elections last year.Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.