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Mandela 'champion for human dignity and freedom', says Bill Clinton

Published on Dec 6, 2013 7:05 AM
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Former US President Bill Clinton (left) shaking hands with former South African President Nelson Mandela during the inaugural Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Johannesburg Civic Centre, July 19, 2003.Mr Clinton, who was in office when Mr Nelson Mandela took power in South Africa, on Thursday mourned the death of a "champion for human dignity and freedom". -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Former United States President Bill Clinton, who was in office when Mr Nelson Mandela took power in South Africa, on Thursday mourned the death of a "champion for human dignity and freedom".

"Today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings," Mr Clinton said in a statement.

"History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation," he added.