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Singapore Prime Minister hails Mandela as an inspiration to millions

Published on Dec 6, 2013 9:48 AM
 
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (above) paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela on Friday morning, hailing the anti-apartheid icon as an inspiration to millions. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela on Friday morning, hailing the anti-apartheid icon as an inspiration to millions.

"Rest in peace #Mandela. You inspired millions with your humanity, courage, and lifelong fight for freedom," wrote Mr Lee on Facebook and Twitter.

Mr Mandela, a former South African president, died peacefully at his Johannesburg home on early Friday morning, Singapore time, after a prolonged lung infection. He was 95.

He was jailed for 27 years for his opposition to white minority rule in South Africa, a struggle which made him one of 20th century's most famous and beloved global icons.