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Mandela at times 'unstable' but resilient: presidency

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South African former President Nelson Mandela waves as he arrives at a polling station in Johannesburg on April 22, 2009. Mandela is "unstable" at times but has shown "great resilience" as he remains in a critical condition in hospital, South Africa's presidency said Saturday. (AFP/File)

Nelson Mandela is "unstable" at times but has shown "great resilience" as he remains in a critical condition in hospital, South Africa's presidency said Saturday.

"While at times, his condition becomes unstable, the doctors indicate that the former president has demonstrated great resilience and his condition tends to stabilise as a result of medical interventions," a statement said.

The ailing 95-year-old icon was hospitalised on June 8 with a lung infection.