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UK lawmakers pay tribute to 'symbol of courage' Mandela

Published on Dec 10, 2013 12:51 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to Nelson Mandela in a special session of Britain's parliament on Monday, hailing the anti-apartheid icon's "belief in human dignity" and ability to forgive.

British lawmakers normally reserve tributes for their own statesmen, but they packed into the House of Commons to pay their respects to South Africa's first black president, who died on Thursday aged 95.

Cameron told parliament that Mandela had shown his character "not only in the determination with which he fought, but in the grace with which he won".

"What sustained him throughout all was a belief in human dignity, that no one is naturally superior over anyone else," Cameron said.

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