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53 heads of state to attend Mandela funeral: Foreign minister

AFP , Sunday 8 Dec 2013
Flowers and tributes are left at the base of a statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square, London, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Mandela died Thursday after a long illness, he was 95 (Photo: AP)
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Fifty-three heads of state and government have so far confirmed attendance at upcoming memorial events for peace icon Nelson Mandela, South Africa's foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Sunday.

The dignitaries will include US President Barack Obama along with three former American presidents, Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

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