Presidents, Royalty Expected for Mandela Memorial

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  • JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is poised to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations with tens of thousands of local mourners and almost 100 foreign leaders expected.

    South African officials say the normal seating capacity of Johannesburg’s FNB stadium of 95,000 probably won’t suffice to accommodate all mourners, and the event is broadcast live to other stadiums and venues across the country.

    Many royals from Europe and elsewhere, celebrities and officials were on their way to Johannesburg Monday. The South African government said almost 100 heads of state, government and ministers have confirmed their attendance.

    Here’s a selection of confirmed attendees:

    — U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as well as former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his predecessor Kofi Annan.

    — British Prime Minister David Cameron and deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

    — French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

    — Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.

    — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and three of his predecessors.

    — Cuban President Raul Castro.

    — Mexican President Pena Nieto.

    — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and three of her predecessors, including Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

    — Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

    — Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

    — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    — Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

    — Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.

    — Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

    — Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    — Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid.

    — Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain.

    — South Korean Prime Minister Hongwon Chung.

    — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

    — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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