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Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, flanked by his wife Marthe, attend a political rally in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's main opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, one of the country's most important advocates of democracy, has died in Brussels aged 84, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

Tshisekedi stood up to dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, who for decades ruled the country, then known as Zaire, before being overthrown by Rwanda, Uganda and other forces. He was also the most prominent civilian opponent of Laurent Kabila, who took power in 1997, and his son, President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled since 2001.

(Reporting by Aaron Ross; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Larry King)

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