Mandela still critical but improving- government

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Posted: Jul 30, 2013 4:04 AM
Mandela still critical but improving- government

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition at a Pretoria hospital but "continues to show improvement," the government said on Tuesday.

The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero has spent nearly eight weeks in the hospital for treatment for a recurring lung infection.

The government has declined to comment on a weekend report by U.S. broadcaster CBS which said that Mandela had recently undergone a minor operation to unblock a dialysis tube.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)