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Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized; Barack Obama to meet Mandela

By Religare

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president has been put on life-support following deterioration of his health, three weeks after being hospitalized with a recurring lung infection.

The media report said that the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader had taken a turn for the better, amid a growing sense in South Africa that Mandela was approaching the end of his life.

Well-wishers have delivered flowers and messages of support to the Pretoria hospital where he is being treated, and prayer sessions were held around the country on Thursday.


Mandela who was imprisoned for 27 years during white racist rule and became president in all-race elections in 1994, was taken to a hospital on June 8.

Moreover, Barack Obama the current President of the Unites States is on his way to meet Nelson Mandela in South Africa, said the media report.

Mandela is also respected for the way he preached reconciliation after the 1994 transition to multi-racial democracy following three centuries of white domination.

President Jacob Zamu's said in a statement that he received the encouraging update from the medical team that is treating Mandela. Zuma had canceled an international trip on Thursday, instead visiting Mandela for the second time in two days.

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Story first published: Friday, June 28, 2013, 22:53 [IST]
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