Dignitaries to attend Mandela funeral

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is expected to join more than 70 heads of State and government at funeral events for former South African President Nelson Mandela, with most due to attend a huge memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg today.

After what has been billed as one of the largest gatherings of global leaders in recent history, only a handful of dignitaries would go to Sunday’s State burial in Mandela’s ancestral home of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Below is a list of confirmed dignitaries.

Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai.
Mozambique — President Armando Guebuza.
Algeria — Abdelkader Bensalah (Speaker of the Senate).
Namibia – President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Angola — Vice President Manuel Vicente

Niger — President Issoufou Mahamdou .
Argentina — Acting President Amado Boudou
New Zealand — Prime Minister John Key.
Australia — Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Nigeria — President Goodluck Jonathan.

Bahamas – Prime Minister Perry Christie
Niger — President Mahamadou Issoufou.
Bangladesh — President Md Abdul Hamid MD ABDUL
Norway — Crown Prince Haakon.
Belgium — King Philippe

Pakistan — President Mamnoon Hussain
Benin — President Boni Yayi
Palestinian State — President Mahmoud Abbas.
Botswana – President Ian Khama
Portugal — President Anibal Cavaco Silva.

Brazil — President Dilma Rousseff
Saudi Arabia – Crwon Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
Burundi – President Pierre Nkurunziza
Saharawi Republic — President Mohamed Abdelaziz.
Canada – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Senegal — President Macky Sall.
Chad – President Idriss Deby.
Serbia – President Tomislav Nikolic
China — Vice-President Li Yuanchao.
Seychelles – President James Alix Michel.

Comores – President Ikiliou Dhoinine.
Spain – The Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbon.
Congo Brazzaville – President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.
Sri Lanka — President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sudan — Vice-President Bakri Hassan Salih.

DR Congo — President Joseph Kabila.
Suriname — President Desire Delano Bouterse
Ivory Coast – President Allassane Ouattara.
Slovenia – President Borut Pahor.
Croatia – President Josipovic Ivo.

South Sudan — President Salva Kir.
Cuba — President Raul Castro
Sweden — Crown Princess Victoria
Denmark — Crown Prince Federick.
Switzerland — President Ulrich Maurer .

Djibouti — President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
Swaziland — Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini.
Ethiopia — Prime Minister Ato Hailemariam Dessalegn.
Equatorial Guinea — President Obiang Mbasogo.
Tanzania — President Jakaya Kikwete.

France — President Francois Hollande.
Timor-Leste — Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana.
Finland — President Sauli Niinisto.
Tunisia — President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki.
Gabon — President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

Trinidad and Tobago — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The Gambia — President Yahya Jammeh.
Uganda — President Yoweri Museveni.
Ghana — President John Mahama.
United Arab Emirates — Minister of Culture Sheikh Nayahan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

Germany — President Joachim Gauck.
United Kingdom — Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron.
United States — President Barack Obama.
Guyana — President Donald Ramotar. Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro.

Guinea — President Alpha Conde
Zimbabwe — President Robert Mugabe.
India — President Pranab Mukherjee.
Zambia — President Michael Sata
Ireland — President Michael Higgins.

Arab States League — Minister Amb Samir Hosny.
Italy — Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
African Union Commission — Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Japan — Crown Prince Naruhito.
Commonwealth — Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.

Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
European Council — President Herman van Rompuy
Jordan — Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.
Mexico — President Enrique Pena Nieto.
Kenya — President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mauritius — Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam
South Korea — Prime Minister Hongwon Chung.
Mauritania — President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Lebanon — Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
Malawi — President Joyce Banda

Lesotho — Prime Minister T Thabane.
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg — The Grand Duke
Liberia – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf