Zimbabwe leader says fair elections 'tribute' to Tsvangirai

Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai are seen outside his party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader Morg

Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai are seen outside his party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader Morg

Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai react outside his party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan

Supporters of Morgan Tsvangirai react outside his party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan

A woman crosses the road near newspaper headlines in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb, 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died Wed

A woman crosses the road near newspaper headlines in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb, 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died Wed

A supporter of Morgan Tsvangirai sheds tears outside his party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader

A supporter of Morgan Tsvangirai sheds tears outside his party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Zimbabwean opposition leader

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov, 21, 2017 file photo, Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader in Zimbabwe addresses protestors outside parliament bu

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov, 21, 2017 file photo, Morgan Tsvangirai, the main opposition leader in Zimbabwe addresses protestors outside parliament bu

FILE -- In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is photographed during an interview with the Associated

FILE -- In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is photographed during an interview with the Associated

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 file photo, Zimbabwe's main opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai pauses as he addresses supporters at a ral

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 file photo, Zimbabwe's main opposition party leader Morgan Tsvangirai pauses as he addresses supporters at a ral

FILE - In this Wednesday, March, 9, 2016 file photo, Morgan Tsvangirai, center, one of the main opposition leaders in Zimbabwe addresses a crowd takin

FILE - In this Wednesday, March, 9, 2016 file photo, Morgan Tsvangirai, center, one of the main opposition leaders in Zimbabwe addresses a crowd takin

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president is expressing condolences over the death of longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and says upcoming elections must be free and fair "in tribute to him."

Tsvangirai, who was the boldest opponent to longtime leader Robert Mugabe, died Wednesday in a Johannesburg hospital at age 65 after a long battle with cancer.

His death leaves Zimbabwe's opposition in disarray with the first post-Mugabe elections approaching. Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party was meeting Thursday on the way forward.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a longtime Mugabe ally, says in a statement that consultations are underway about what the government can do to "accord the late departed befitting honor."

Mnangagwa has repeatedly promised fair elections as he seeks to attract foreign investment after years of international sanctions over alleged human rights abuses.