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Monday, 9 December 2013

Preparations begin as it's revealed Mugabe and Raul Castro will join Cameron and Prince Charles will attend the biggest funeral in history for the black Marxist terrorist Mandela

A giant arena is being built in view of Nelson Mandela's home to stage the biggest funeral in South Africa's history for him.

Final preparations are being made before more than 70 world leaders fly in this week to attend a series of events to mark the extraordinary life of one of humanity's great peacemakers. They include Cuban leader Raul Castro and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe who could rub shoulders with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Charles in an unprecedented gathering.

Iran's Hassan Rouhani will also be among the heads of state flying in to commemorate Mr Mandela, as will U.S. President Barack Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

However, the Dalai Lama will not attend memorial services for his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate in South Africa, where he has twice been unable to obtain a visa. A spokesman did not say why the Buddhist spiritual leader is missing the memorial service in Johannesburg and funeral in Mandela's hometown.

He said only that 'logistically it's impossible at this time.'

South Africa blocked the Dalai Lama from attending a Nobel laureates' peace conference in 2009, and stalled on a 2011 visa until the Tibetan leader withdrew the application.

Today, South Africa's parliament begun a special session honouring the nation's former leader.

The session began in Cape Town, with an announcement that members of Mandela's family were sitting in the gallery.

Kgalema Motlanthe, South Africa's deputy president, began the proceedings with a speech. He described how Mandela's influence in South Africa and around the globe caused a 'sweeping feeling of sorrow' worldwide following his death.

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