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In the Congo, an Opposition Stalwart Falls

Feb 8, 2017 | 09:31 GMT
In the Congo, an Opposition Stalwart Falls
The death of longtime leader Etienne Tshisekedi has left the fractured political opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo searching for a figure to rally behind.
(EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Few would consider the Democratic Republic of the Congo a bastion of stability, but the country's volatile political scene was recently roiled even further by the death of one of its most prominent opposition figures. When Etienne Tshisekedi died on Feb. 1 during a medical trip abroad, he left the fractured Congolese opposition rudderless. But even though his passing will force a changing of the guard among President Joseph Kabila's rivals, it will not pave the way for the president -- who has already exceeded his constitutionally permitted mandate -- to extend his term beyond this year....

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