Malians pay glowing tribute to Mandela

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita has declared three days of national mourning starting from Friday in memory of the former South African president Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday.

Flags will fly at half-mast in the whole country for three days, he said.

Malians from all walks of life have been paying tribute to Mandela who passed away aged 95.

''Nelson Mandela's death is the fall of a big baobab tree,'' stated Professor Doulaye Konaté, president of African Historians Association.

He said that the former South African president was not only an icon but a world heritage.

Mrs. Sy Kadiatou Sow, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali, who in 1994 attended to President Mandela's inauguration as President, asked whether African leaders were capable of inheriting the values of Mandela.

She expressed the hope that politicians would be inspired by Mandela's courage during his whole life, his quest for unity, for African renaissance and respect.
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