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Obama leads tributes to Mandela at memorial service

US President Barack Obama has led the tributes to Nelson Mandela saying that South Africa's democracy is his "cherished legacy." Thousands gathered in Johannesburg to celebrate the life of the former South African president.

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Obama: Mandela's legacy is South Africa's democracy

US President Barack Obama has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela saying that South Africa's democracy is his "cherished legacy."

President Barack Obama speaks at the memorial service

He said: "It is a singular honour to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa - people of every race and walk of life - the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.

"To the people of South Africa - people of every race and walk of life - the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph.

"Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy."

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