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Mandela is a “hero for the world” – Obama

US President Barack Obama said Thursday that Nelson Mandela was a “hero for the world” whose legacy will live on throughout the ages.

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero lay critically ill in hospital.

“He is a personal hero.

“I think he is a hero for the world, and if and when he passes from this place, one thing I think we all know is that his legacy is one that will linger on throughout the ages,” Obama said in Senegal.

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