The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 24, 2012
 

Ailing Mandela spends Christmas Eve in hospital

 
 

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Ailing icon Nelson Mandela spent Christmas Eve in hospital on Monday, sixteen days after he was admitted for a recurrent lung infection - his longest inpatient stay since he was released from prison in 1990.

Officials say the 94-year-old statesman, who also underwent a procedure to remove gallstones, is still recuperating.

There was no indication when he might be discharged.

"He remains in hospital, recovering," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP on Monday.