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Etienne Tshisekedi to be buried in Democratic Republic of Congo Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021


Veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is being buried in the Democratic Republic of Congo, two years after his death in Belgium, and just months after his son became President.

His body was only flown home on Thursday following a row between his family and the former government, a deadlock that ended only when his son, Félix, became president last year.

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BBC reported that tens of thousands of people, including the presidents of Rwanda and Angola, paid their respects in the Martyrs’ Stadium in the capital, Kinshasa, on Friday.

The casket containing Etienne Tshisekedi’s body remained in the stadium overnight.

BBC said on Saturday, Archbishop of Kinshasa Fridolin Ambongo will preside over a funeral mass in the same venue, with many thousands more expected.

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