Mandela Remains in Hospital for Tenth Day


Former South African president Nelson Mandela remained in hospital for a tenth straight day Monday after receiving treatment for a lung infection and gallstone surgery, the president's office said.

"If there's any changes we'll announce it. In the absence of that, work on the basis that he is continuing to improve," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told Agence France Presse.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Laureate was flown from his rural home in Qunu in the south of the country to the capital Pretoria on December 8 for treatment.

He underwent surgery to remove gallstones on Saturday after treatment earlier in the week for a recurrent lung infection.

Mandela spent 27 in prison for his opposition to apartheid. He became South Africa's first black president after the first all-race elections in 1994 and stepped down after serving one term.

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