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Rousseff rates Mandela among "the greatest figures of the 20th century"

Criado em 10/12/13 15h23 e atualizado em 10/12/13 15h32
Por Carolina Sarres

Brasília – President Dilma Rousseff spoke Tuesday (Dec. 10) in Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa. She said Mandela is among the greatest figures of the 20th century.

Rousseff was one of the world leaders invited to pay tribute to the former South African president, alongside the U.S. President, Barack Obama, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki -moon.

“Mandela led one of the most important processes of human emancipation in modern history – the end of apartheid in South Africa – with passion and intelligence. His struggle and that of the South African people have set a model for all those who struggle for justice, freedom, and equality, "said the Brazilian president.

In Rousseff’s words, apartheid was the most elaborate and cruel forms of social and political inequality known of in modern times. “This great leader had his eyes set on the future of the country, of the world, and of all of Africa,” she said.

The president went on to say she was proud of having African ancestry, and expressed grief at Mandela’s death. “We mourn and praise a man who is in the pantheon of mankind. Here’s to Mandela, forever,” she concluded.

Many other speeches are planned throughout the ceremony at Soccer City Stadium, which seats 80,000 people. It is estimated that the event will be one of the largest ever in terms of the government leaders it will bring together. The South African government reported that representatives from 90 countries have confirmed attendance.

Edited by Denise Griesinger / Nira Foster
Translated by Mayra Borges

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