World leaders attend Mandela memorial

December 10, 2013 3:14 PM

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JOHANNESBURG -- World leaders and tens of thousands of people have said goodbye to Nelson Mandela during one the largest commemorations of this century.

The ceremony at the stadium "Soccer City" in Johannesburg was attended by some 100 heads of state and government from all over the world, and 80,000 people who were singing in honor of the former president of South Africa.

Although the stadium was not filled to its capacity due to bad weather, those in attendance loudly accompanied by any mention of Mandela, while Ban Ki-moon, Jacob Zuma, Barack Obama, Raul Castro and others addressed the memorial service.

During several hours of of the program world leaders paid homage to Mandela and the "rainbow nation" in front of about a hundred heads of state and government, and a huge number of celebrities from the world of show business and sports.

The Serbian delegation was led by President Tomislav Nikolić, who was accompanied by Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić and adviser Marko Đurić.

PRAGUE -- Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok and his ministers of defense and finance "took care of keeping the Czechs entertained," said news agencies in their reports.


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