published Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Ex-U.S. President Carter heading to Mandela memorial


Former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, shakes hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in this2010, file photo.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, right, shakes hands with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in this2010, file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will attend a memorial service for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said that Carter will attend a memorial service Tuesday at FNB Stadium on the edge of Johannesburg's Soweto township.

Carter will travel as part of a delegation of "The Elders," a group of former world leaders founded by Mandela in 2007 to work for peace and human rights.

A spokesman for The Elders, Sylvain Biville, said it is likely that the group's chair, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and several members will also attend.

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