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Mandela Hospitalized for Scheduled Tests, Government Says

March 9 (Bloomberg) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital in Pretoria “for a scheduled medical check-up to manage existing conditions in line with his age,” according to a statement on President Jacob Zuma’s official website.

“Doctors are conducting tests and have thus far indicated that there is no reason for any alarm,” the government said in its statement.

In January, the government said Mandela, 94, had recovered from surgery he’d had the previous month and a bout of a recurring lung infection.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who became the country’s first black president after the all-race elections that ended apartheid in 1994, was admitted to a hospital on Dec. 8 and discharged Dec. 26.

In February 2012 he was hospitalized after undergoing abdominal surgery.

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