Nelson Mandela: Honored by retired world leaders
On Monday Nelson Mandela, the political prisoner who went on to lead South Africa out of apartheid has gathered another laurel. This time he got it from an elite forum of fellow former world leaders.
Sources have thrown more light on the new of Nelson Mandela. According to them the Club of Madrid presented ninety-year-old Nelson Mandela, who is amongst its seventy-two members from fifty-one nations, with its inaugural Democratic Leadership Prize during a private ceremony at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.
"President Mandela has inspired millions of people worldwide to continue to struggle for equality and democracy that delivers' -- a democracy based on the notion that shared societies are not just necessary, but possible," added the club's president, Lagos, regarding Nelson Mandela.
The Club of Madrid has just completed a mission of ten days in Mozambique and South Africa to take stock of the state of democracy in both the countries.
Nelson Mandela has spent nearly twenty-seven years in prison for his beliefs, before he got released in the year 1990 and his election as president in the year 1994. By one count, he has received around 100 honors over the years. A special mentioning may be made of the Nobel Peace Prize that he got in the year 1993.