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Nelson Mandela 'Improving, But Remains Critical'
Nelson Mandela's health is "improving steadily" but he remains in a critical condition, doctors looking after the anti-apartheid leader have said.
The former president has been receiving treatment for a recurring lung infection at Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria.
In a statement on Sunday, the South African presidency said medics had indicated that Mr Mandela was "making a slow but steady improvement".
"The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it said.
President Jacob Zuma once again thanked South Africans for their ongoing prayers and for keeping the much beloved former leader in their thoughts.
"Let us continue to pray for Madiba's recovery and good health,'' he said.
Mr Mandela was rushed to hospital 65 days ago, where a medical team has been working round the clock to help him, with his family and the presidency insisting he has shown signs of improvement.
In an interview with Sky News this week, his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela again denied reports that her former husband was in a permanent vegetative state.
"Why would we conceal that?" she said.
Mr Mandela spent his 95th birthday in hospital as people around the globe joined South Africans in honouring his legacy through acts of charity.
The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994, is a global symbol of tolerance and the struggle for equality.
He spent 27 years on Robben Island and in other jails for his attempts to overthrow South Africa's white-minority government.
Mr Mandela stepped down as president in 1999 and has not been politically active for a decade.
His last major public appearance was in July 2010, at the final of the Fifa World Cup at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.