World Leaders Mourn Mandela's Death

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said the nation had lost its greatest son but added that Mandela was at peace.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.
 
Mandela had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a recurring lung infection after spending three months in hospital.
 
The anti-apartheid campaigner was jailed for 27 years before emerging to lead South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s. In 1994, Mandela was elected President in the first ever multi-racial elections, a position he held until 1999 when he retired.
 
Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said the nation had lost its greatest son but added that Mandela was at peace. Zuma said the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, known affectionately by his clan name Madiba, had died shortly before 9pm local time. He said flags would fly at half-mast as the country prepares to give Mandela a full state funeral.
 
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Zuma said that although everyone knew the end of Mandela would one day come, there is still a sense of a profound and enduring loss.
 
Crowds have gathered outside the house where Mandela died, some flying South African flags and wearing the shirts of the governing African National Congress, which Mandela once led.
 
After his retirement in 1999, Mandela maintained a busy public life with engagements locally and internationally until 2004 when he officially retired from public life. He made his last public appearance in 2010, at the football World Cup in South Africa.
 
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a fellow anti-apartheid campaigner, said Mandela was not only an amazing gift to humankind, he made South Africans and Africans feel good about being who they are.
 
Zuma said that what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human, adding that people saw in him what they sought in themselves.
 
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration. Ban said many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom.
 
US President Barack Obama said Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man, adding that he took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.
 
FW de Klerk, the last apartheid leader who as South Africa's last white president ordered Mandela's release, called him a "unifier" and said he had "a remarkable lack of bitterness". De Klerk and Mandela were joint recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
 
Born on July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943, as a law student. He rose through the party ranks to become secretary general by the time of his high profile trial in 1964 at which he was sentenced to life imprisonment for his political activities. He spent most of his prison life at Robben Island before being released in 1990.