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Nelson Mandela to receive 2013 Dole Leadership Prize

October 3, 2013

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Former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela will receive the 2013 Dole Leadership Prize.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics announced the award today. The Dole Leadership Prize is awarded annually to an individual or group for their public service. Previous recipients include former President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Senators Howard Baker and George McGovern and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Mandela's great-grandson Luvuyo Mandela will accept the award Oct. 27. The award comes with a $25,000 prize that will go to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which archives materials related to Mandela's life and tries to foster dialogue on social issues.

Mandela, 95, spent 12 weeks this summer in the hospital for treatment of a lung infection, caused in part by tuberculosis that had plagued him for the last several years. He currently is under intensive care at his home and still is considered in critical condition.

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