Etienne Tshisekedi

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Mr Tshisekedi was a distinguished opponent of successive Congolese leaders

DR Congo’s predominant opposition chief has died in Brussels aged 84, reviews say.

Etienne Tshisekedi, one of many nation’s most vital advocates of democracy, was a distinguished opponent of successive Congolese leaders.

The social gathering he helped present in 1982, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress social gathering (UDPS), stated he had travelled to Belgium final week for medical checks.

He was as a result of head a transitional council beneath a deal for President Laurent Kabila to step down this yr.

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Mr Tshisekedi (C) remained common and will draw enormous crowds

Mr Tshisekedi served as a minister beneath autocratic ruler Mobutu Sese Seko within the nation then referred to as Zaire earlier than serving to to arrange the UDPS.

Through the 1990s he was named prime minister 4 occasions however didn’t stay within the place after clashing with Mobutu, who was ultimately pressured out in 1997.

His activism meant he remained common however lately he had been struggling sick well being.