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Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after treatment of pneumonia


Former South African president Nelson Mandela left hospital today after more than a week of treatment of pneumonia that raised global concern about the health of the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.

The South African presidency said in a statement he was discharged from hospital following a sustained and gradual improvement in his general condition.

A military ambulance pulled into Mandela's spacious Johannesburg home before the statement was released.

The presidency said Mandela, who spent about 10 days in hospital, would receive further medical care at his residence.

This was the third health scare in four months for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and who is a global symbol of tolerance and the struggle for equality.