S Africa – Mandela’s condition unchanged in hospital

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Mandela’s condition unchanged, no deterioration – presidency

Former South African president Nelson Mandela looks on as he celebrates his birthday at his house in Qunu, Eastern Cape July 18, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Former South African president Nelson Mandela looks on as he celebrates his birthday at his house in Qunu, Eastern Cape July 18, 2012.

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela’s condition has not changed after a weekend improvement, the South African government said on Tuesday, and it denied media reports suggesting the former president had suffered a relapse in his pneumonia.

“His condition is unchanged as reported yesterday,” presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj told Reuters. The government said on Monday there was “no significant change” in the condition of the 94-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Asked about an NBC News report saying Mandela was still suffering a fluid build-up in his lungs, Maharaj said: “It is unfortunate that there are reports circulating in some media which suggest a deterioration, which is not true.”

Mandela was admitted to hospital late on…

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