Nelson Mandela released from hospital, doing well

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela was discharged from hospital on Sunday, after spending the night following tests for a stomach complaint, according to the L.A. Times.

Mandela was discharged after a keyhole abdominal examination showed there was nothing seriously wrong with the 93-year-old anti-apartheid leader, the government said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, his departure from Pretoria's "1 Military" hospital marks the end of an anxious 24-hour wait for South Africa's 50 million people, after Mandela was admitted on Saturday morning.

Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize and who also spent 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid, became South Africa's first black president in 1994 and served one five-year term. He is officially retired and last appeared in public in July 2010, according to the Times.

According to the Tribune, his health has been poor since he was hospitalized with respiratory problems a year ago, and this latest scare hit home for many that Mandela may not live for much longer.

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