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No Change in Mandela’s Health, Spokesman Says

Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, continues to respond to treatment at a hospital in the country’s capital city of Pretoria after surgery to remove gallstones.

President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela this morning, Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for the leader, said in a statement today.

The 94-year-old former leader is receiving the “best care possible” for recurring lung infection and gallstones, which were removed on Dec. 15, Zuma said Dec. 20 during a speech in the central city of Bloemfontein. Mandela’s condition was “serious” when he was admitted to hospital on Dec. 8, he said.

Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after the African National Congress won all-race elections in 1994 that ended apartheid. He spent 27 years in prison before that for his opposition to white-minority rule. This is the second time he has been hospitalized this year after undergoing abdominal surgery in February.

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