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South Africa's Mandela has surgery for gallstones

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 8:04 p.m.
Giant portraits of former African National Congress (ANC) presidents, including former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, overlook Bloemfontein, South Africa, Thursday, Dec 13, 2012. As South Africa's governing party moves closer to picking its next leader, it will do so without the man widely viewed as the country's moral compass, Mandela. Mandela, who remains hospitalized with a lung infection, led the African National Congress political party to victory in the nation's first truly democratic election in 1994 through a principled show of magnanimity toward the country's racist former rulers, despite spending nearly three decades in prison. On left is founding president John Dube and center is Albert Lethule. (AP Photo)
Giant portraits of former African National Congress (ANC) presidents, including former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, overlook Bloemfontein, South Africa, Thursday, Dec 13, 2012. As South Africa's governing party moves closer to picking its next leader, it will do so without the man widely viewed as the country's moral compass, Mandela. Mandela, who remains hospitalized with a lung infection, led the African National Congress political party to victory in the nation's first truly democratic election in 1994 through a principled show of magnanimity toward the country's racist former rulers, despite spending nearly three decades in prison. On left is founding president John Dube and center is Albert Lethule. (AP Photo)

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela underwent a successful surgery to remove gallstones on Saturday, South Africa's presidency said.

Doctors treating the 94-year-old waited to perform the endoscopic surgery because they wanted to first attend to his lung ailment, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said. Mandela has been hospitalized since Dec. 8.

“The procedure was successful, and Madiba is recovering,” Maharaj said, using Mandela's clan name.

The Nobel laureate has a history of lung problems.

He became ill with tuberculosis in 1988 toward the tail-end of his 27 years of imprisonment by the apartheid government.

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