Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

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Johannesburg:
Former South African president Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital
Sunday after doctors declared nothing was "seriously wrong" with his
health, the government said in a statement.

The 93-year-old
Mandela was hospitalised Saturday after doctors advised specialist medical
attention for a long-standing abdominal complaint.

A diagnostic
procedure performed on Mandela indicated that nothing was seriously wrong
with him, and doctors decided to send him home, Xinhua cited a South
African presidency statement as saying.

Mandela is relaxed and
comfortable, surrounded by his family, the statement added.

Saturday
afternoon, Mandela underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy to determine the
cause of his longstanding abdominal complaint.

"Madiba has had a
long-standing abdominal complaint and doctors feel it needs proper
specialist medical attention," South African President Jacob Zuma was
quoted as saying Saturday by the Daily Telegraph.

Zuma's
spokesman Mac Maharaj said the hospital admission was pre-planned and "not
a major issue".

Mandela last appeared in public at the final of
the football World Cup hosted by South Africa in July 2010.

Born
July 18, 1918, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, a year before he
was elected the country's first black president in South Africa's first
all-race vote. He served one term before stepping down in 1999.





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