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CFK pays respects to 'Indefatigable fighter' Mandela

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has expressed her sorrow over the passing of former South Africa leader Nelson Mandela, calling him a "worldwide example for the fight against racism and in support of human rights.

A statement released this evening by the Foreign Ministry affirmed that "the President... her government and the Argentine people express their deepest regret for the passing of ex-president of South Africa worldwide example for the fight against racism and in support of human rights, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), and our thoughts are with his family, the people and the South African government in this time of pain and sadness."

"An indefatigable fighter for the triumph of democracy in his nation, Nelson Mandela, the much-loved 'Madiba', was one of the leaders of the resistance against the apartheid regime, becoming a world icon against discrimination and racial segregation," the official missive added.

"As president (1994-1999), Mandela, converted South Africa into one of the most vibrant and dynamic democracies on the African continent and in the world, creating, alongside his people and partners in the struggle, an example for other nations in the fields of human rights and social inclusion," the statement asserts.

Mandela passed away today after a long battle against a lung infection, his death announced by South African president Jacob Zuma in a press conference.
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