“I am profoundly saddened at the passing away of Mr. Nelson Mandela, former President of the South Africa, and one of the greatest personalities of our times, who represented the best of human spirit and values,” Vice President Ansari said.

“In his death, South Africans have lost the father of their nation and the world a statesman, whose life and message of courage and goodness would continue to inspire and guide all of us around the world in the years ahead,” he added.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first elected black president and a global anti-apartheid icon, died early on Thursday aged 95. The death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was announced by South African President Jacob Zuma.

He passed away peacefully at 20:50 (local time), December 5, Zuma said.


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