Nelson Mandela Hospitalized

    Image #: 14194000    epa02736386 Former South African President Nelson Mandela relaxes at his private residence after casting his special vote for the upcoming 2011 Local Government Elections, Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 May 2011. South Africans will head to the polls 18 May 2011 to cast their ballots in the local government elections.  EPA/ELMOND JIYANE / GCIS /LANDOV

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    Former South African president Nelson Mandela is reportedly in stable condition Saturday after undergoing surgery for an abdominal complaint. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told South African private news channel eNews that the 93-year-old former statesman is “in good spirits and well.” Maharaj would not confirm whether Mandela had surgery, but did say the former president was being treated for a “long-standing complaint” and not something “cropped up suddenly and needed emergency attention.” Mandela, 93, who is not only a beloved former leader in South African but also an icon of the anti-apartheid movement, has been in declining health over the past few years.

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