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Mandela Leaves Hospital After Checkup, Presidential Office Says

Former South African President Nelson Mandela
A file photo shows former South African President Nelson Mandela listening to plans for the celebration of his 90th birthday in Johannesburg, on March 5, 2008. Photographer: Naashon Zalk/Bloomberg

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, was discharged from a hospital today following a medical check-up, the nation’s presidential office said in a statement on its website.

Mandela spent the night in an unidentified hospital in the capital, Pretoria, Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for President Jacob Zuma, said by phone earlier today.

“The doctors have completed the tests,” Maharaj said in the statement. “He is well and as before, his health remains under the management of the medical team.”

Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after the African National Congress won all-race elections in 1994 that ended apartheid. The Nobel Peace Prize-winner spent 27 years in prison before that for his opposition to white-minority rule.

He was hospitalized from Dec. 8 to Dec. 26 for treatment of a recurring lung infection and had gallstones removed.

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