(posted Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.)– Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega today declared three days of national mourning for the death of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.
The former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died today in his Johannesburg home after a lengthy battle with illness. He was 95.
“The world says goodbye to a great man, a myth, a legend, a patrimony of Africa and of humanity,” Ortega said in a letter addressed to the National African Congress and South African President Jacob Zuma. “Nelson Mandela lived each day of his life struggling steadfastly for peace, fraternity and human dignity.”
Ortega added, “We know that his legacy will prevail, and that his life will continue to inspire those who believe that a better world is possible.”