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RECOVERY Nelson Mandela Hospitalized Elmond Jiyane, EPA / Landov

Nelson Mandela Hospitalized

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.

February 25, 2012 7:45 AM