South Africa: Mandela remains critical

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Posted: Jul 13, 2013 6:09 AM
South Africa: Mandela remains critical

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela remains in a South African hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition.

Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, said Friday that she is less anxious because the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader and former South African president is responding to treatment.

Mandela was admitted June 8 to the hospital for a recurring lung infection.

People in South Africa and around the world have expressed concern for Mandela, sending messages of support for a man seen as a global symbol of reconciliation. Mandela turns 95 on July 18, when commemorations will be held in his honor.

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Mandela spent 27 years in prison during white rule and was released in 1990. He led the shift from apartheid to democracy and became president in all-race elections in 1994.