World Leaders Pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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World leaders have paid glowing tribute to South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu paid tribute to Mandela, calling him “an example of integrity, of reconciliation, of leadership in the service of the people.” The South African religious leader and activist said: “Certainly, he was exceptional, but the spirit of greatness that he personified resides in all of us.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “Only because of such a great man like Nelson Mandela is it possible that particular people in Africa and elsewhere are able to enjoy freedom and human dignity. We have to learn the wisdom and determinations and commitment of Mr. Mandela to make this world better for all.”

U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Mandela has left an “everlasting imprint,” adding: “Nelson Mandela was a giant of immense and unwavering intellect, courage and moral authority. He chose reconciliation over retaliation. He challenged the course of history.”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailed Mandela as “a truly great man,” saying, “Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of Africa, arguably one of the great figures of the last century.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “Nelson Mandela’s shining example and his political legacy of non-violence and the condemnation of all forms of racism will continue to inspire people around the world for many years to come.”

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said, “Humanity has lost a tireless champion of peace, liberty and equality.”

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