ECA Executive Secretary hails Mandela's inspiring leadership   2013-12-09 16:04:52            

ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Carlos Lopes hailed the inspiring leadership of the late anti-Apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

ECA said in a statement on Monday that joining the world in mourning the departure of a global icon, Lopes has described Mandela "an inspiring leader, without whom the narrative of a new Africa would not be possible."

"My feelings about Mandela are profound - I often go back to his biography, A long walk to freedom, for inspiration," said Lopes.

The Executive Secretary said that what stood out for him in reading the biography was "the combination of opposites in his leadership style: determination against the enemy but capacity to be tolerant on the human side; ideology and pragmatism; fight to get to power but relinquishing it as soon as he gets it; respect for tradition and embracing youth behavior, icons and role models. "

The Executive Secretary extended his deepest condolences to the family of the late Nelson Mandela family and the people of South Africa.


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