The list of speakers has been released for a mass memorial service for Nelson Mandela, taking place on Tuesday (December 10) in South Africa.
President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among the world leaders speaking at the service at the FNB Stadium in Soweto. The memorial is expected to last four hours.
In addition to President Obama, the following people will speak:
– Brazil President Dilma Rousseff;
– Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao;
– Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba;
– Indian President Pranab Mukherjee; and
– Cuban President Raul Castro.
Current South African President Jacob Zuma will give the keynote address.
Mandela’s family and friends will also speak at the memorial, which will include a sermon. Nearly 100 world leaders are expected to assemble at the 95,000 capacity stadium. Mandela made his last public appearance at the same stadium for the closing ceremony of the 2010 World Cup, when the arena was called Soccer City.
Accompanying President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are former President George W. Bush, his wife Laura and former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are traveling separately to South Africa.
Mandela died Thursday at age 95. The former South African president and legendary freedom fighter’s body will lie in state at the Union Buildings, the seat of government in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, from Wednesday to Friday. He will be buried Sunday in Qunu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s rural hometown in Eastern Cape Province.
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