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South African ex-leader Mandela's condition "satisfactory" in hospital

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 26 — The South African former leader Nelson Mandela was in a "satisfactory condition" in the hospital, the Presidency said on Saturday afternoon.

The Presidency said in a statement that a diagnostic procedure was performed on the 93-year-old Mandela as part of the ongoing medical management.

He was fine and fully conscious, and the doctors are satisfied with his condition, which is consistent with his age, the Presidency said.

He was in good health before being hospitalized this morning, according to the statement.

He is expected to be discharged from hospital either Sunday or Monday, said the Presidency.

Previously, the South African ruling party African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza said Mandela's admittance was pre-arranged due to him complaining about abdominal pain.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, and he was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election with his president term from 1994 to 1999. (PNA/Xinhua)


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