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Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in West Bank

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    Associated Press

Ramallah   /   Wed, April 27, 2016   /  06:12 am
Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in West Bank Palestinians take part in ceremony to unveil a sculpture of the first democratically elected South African president and anti apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on April 26. Palestinians honored Mandela unveiling his statue on a square in Ramallah, on South Africa's Freedom Day that is observed annually to commemorate the first post apartheid elections held on April 27, 1994. (Associated Press/Nasser Nasser)

A 6-meter-high (20-foot) bronze statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Ramallah's Mayor Mussa Hadid said Tuesday the statue was a gift from the Johannesburg municipality. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Johannesburg's Mayor Parks Tau took part in the unveiling.

Hadid says the statue reflects the "special relationship between South Africa and Palestine." It was erected in a new square named after Mandela.

The ceremony coincided with the 22nd anniversary of the end of Apartheid. Hundreds of Palestinian attended the unveiling and took photos with the statue. (ags)

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