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Siniora: Mandela revived hope for people in Arab world
People lay floral tributes for late anti-apartheid fighter, Nobel Prize winner and South African President Nelson Mandela at the South African High Commisson in Trafalgar Square, central London on December 6, 2013 .   AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL
People lay floral tributes for late anti-apartheid fighter, Nobel Prize winner and South African President Nelson Mandela at the South African High Commisson in Trafalgar Square, central London on December 6, 2013 . AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL
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BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister mourned Friday the late former South African President Nelson Mandela who passed away after a long battle with illness.

“Although death [befell] the great freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, his long struggle will not be absent from the minds of millions of people around the world,” Siniora said in a statement.

“We will not forget his memory especially that we have been and are still [harmed] by the occupation and oppression and we have suffered and are still suffering from the ... tyranny, terrorism, extremism and bullying,” he said.

Mandela, a Nobel Peace laureate, died aged 95 after a long battle with illness.

Siniora said that Mandela would be remembered “for reviving hope in the hearts of a lot of people in the Arab World and for making them believe that their struggle for freedom and for achieving a prosperous future is possible.”

“Mandela was an example of patience, perseverance and the power of faith,” Siniora said.

 
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