Mandela’s Condition Improvers

Nelson Mandela’s health has improverd overnight and his condition remains critical but stable,the South African government’said Thursday.

One ofthe former president&#39’s daughters said he was still opening his eyes and reacting tothe touch of his family even though his situation was precarious.

President Jacob Zuma&#39’s office said in a statement that he receivedthe encouraging update fromthe medical team that is treating Mandela. Zuma had cancelled an international trip on Thursday, instead visiting Mandela for the second time in two days.

“I cancelled my visit to Mozambique today so that I could see him and confer withthe doctors,” Zuma said.

Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years during white racist rule and became president in all-race elections in 1994, was taken to a hospital on June 8 for whatthe government’said was a recurring lung infection. – cbcnews

Pictured: Former South African President Nelson Mandela leavesthe chapel after attendingthe funeral of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Associated Press)

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