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Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

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NELSON MANDELA is to receive treatment at his home in Johannesburg after he was discharged from hospital yesterday (Dec 26), a government spokesman said.

The former South African leader was admitted on December 8 following routine tests, which revealed he was suffering from a lung infection and gallstones. He then underwent surgery to have the gallstones removed.

"He is not yet fully recovered, but he has sufficiently moved forward so that he can be discharged," Mac Maharaj, a government spokesman, told the local broadcaster, eNCA.

"He is sufficiently well to be home."

South Africans began praying in earnest for Madiba, the clan name by which he is affectionately known, during his hospital stay. The 94-year-old's time in hospital is the longest since he was released from jail in 1990 after 27 years behind bars. It was also his first Christmas away from home since his release.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, and South Africa's first black president after the end of apartheid when he was elected in 1994, retired from public life in 2004 due to his fragile health.

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