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AMs to pay tribute to Mandela

Nelson Mandela will be honoured later when Assembly Members hold a minute's silence at the Senedd. The former South African President died last week.

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First Minister: Mandela 'changed history of a nation'

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones says Nelson Mandela was "one of the greatest figures of modern times".

"Nelson Mandela can be truly described as one of the greatest figures of modern times. Not many people can claim to have changed the history of their nation for the better, by bringing together what was then a bitterly divided society.

"His message of forgiveness, of reconciliation for the sake of a better future is one all of us should follow. He described himself as an ordinary man, but he represented the best of humankind and he will be greatly missed.

"In Wales, we had a proud record of opposing apartheid. I remember in the 1980s when I was a student, taking part in the anti-apartheid protests whilst all over the country schools, councils, universities, the Welsh Rugby Union and others all played their small part in opposing such an inhuman regime. When President Mandela visited Wales in 1998, he thanked the Welsh people for their support - it was a moment we will never forget."

– First Minister, Carwyn Jones

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