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Italy reacts to death of Mandela

Italy reacts to death of Mandela
Nelson Mandela died on December 5th. Photo: AFP

Since news broke on Thursday night of the death of Nelson Mandela, Italians have been expressing their admiration for South Africa's first black president.

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On Friday morning Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta described Mandela as "an example of generous commitment to rights and regional integration". Letta said Italians were mourning the loss with "a pain that we all feel in our hearts".

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Other key political figures took to Twitter to respond to the news of the 95-year-old anti-Apartheid leader. 

Italy's first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, said a simple "Farewell Madiba", using Mandela's clan name.

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Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino tweeted that Mandela was "a source of inspiration for politics, rights and culture".

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