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Vol 60 No 12

Published 14th June 2019


Missing you already

The grand old man of Congolese politics gets a state send-off, and the funeral offers a chance for political manoeuvres

Two years and four months after the old man passed away, the body of veteran Congolese politician Étienne Tshisekedi finally returned from Brussels to Congo-Kinshasa on 30 May. Thousands lined the streets as Tshisekedi's coffin was driven from N'Djili airport into Kinshasa, and thousands more filled the capital's Stade des Martyrs, where the coffin lay in state on 31 May and 1 June under an elaborate awning featuring a 10-metre, gold-coloured forearm and hand, two long fingers raised in a victory salute.

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