Africa

Mandela still 'critical but stable': presidency

File picture taken on August 28, 2007 shows former South African president Nelson Mandela waving to the media as he arrives outside 10 Downing Street in London. Mandela remains in a "critical but stable" condition, South Africa's presidency said Monday, more than three weeks after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection.

File picture taken on August 28, 2007 shows former South African president Nelson Mandela waving to the media as he arrives outside 10 Downing Street in London. Mandela remains in a "critical but stable" condition, South Africa's presidency said Monday, more than three weeks after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection.  (AFP/File)

Nelson Mandela remains in a "critical but stable" condition, South Africa's presidency said Monday, more than three weeks after the anti-apartheid hero was hospitalised with a recurring lung infection.

In a statement, the presidency urged South Africans to begin planning for Mandela's 95th birthday on July 18.

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