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Three ex-PMs to join Cameron at Mandela memorial

Three previous Prime Ministers - Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - are to join current PM David Cameron at the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in South Africa tomorrow, Downing Street said.

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53 heads of state to attend Mandela memorial service

So, far 53 heads of state from across the globe have confirmed they will attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, due to be held on Tuesday in Johannesburg. This number is expected to rise.

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  • 13 heads of African states will be at the funeral
  • 15 heads of state will travel from other continents
  • From the US, President and Mrs Obama will be accompanied by three former Presidents, Carter, Bush (George W), Clinton and their partners.
  • 26 members of the US Congress will also attend
  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will be accompanied by four former Heads of State: Presidents Sarney, Cardoso, and Lula da Silva

Some of the heads of state will speak at the service. After the service a new statue will be unveiled.

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