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'His glory will last forever' writes Laura Chinchilla after Nelson Mandela's death

Laura Chinchilla offered her condolences on the death of legendary ex-South African president Nelson Mandela. Mandela was 95.

At 4:13 p.m., Chinchilla wrote on Twitter, “His glory will last for ever. Costa Rica honors him.”

The Costa Rican president added: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” The quote comes from Mandela in a 1994 documentary on the Nobel Peace Prize winner. 

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death Thursday afternoon. Over the past few years, Mandela had faced frequent health problems.

The beloved anti-apartheid activist spent 27 years in prison before leading his country’s democracy. He became South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

Matt Levin is a corespondent for The Tico Times

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