Nelson Mandela memorial: Who’s in attendance

The Washington Post's Sudarsan Raghavan shares scenes from the memorial for former South African president Nelson Mandela in the late activist's home country. (Sudarsan Raghavan/The Washington Post)
December 10, 2013

Tens of thousands were expected for the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at Johannesburgs’ FNB stadium, which seats 95,000. Among the crowd were royalty, presidents and other dignitaries from around the world.

President Obama and his wife, Michelle, were there, flying in Air Force One along with former president George W. Bush, Laura Bush, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Along with Obama, speakers were:
•U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
•African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
•Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
•Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.
•Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
•Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
•Cuban President Raul Castro.
•South African President Jacob Zuma.

At a soccer stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama memorialized former South African president, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. (Associated Press)

Other world dignitaries confirmed to attend, according to the Associated Press:

•Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
• Angolan Vice President Manuel Vincent.
• Argentinian Acting President Amado Boudou.
• Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
•Bahamas’ Prime Minister Perry Christie.
• Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid.
• Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo and King Philippe.
• Benin’s President Boni Yayi.
• Botswana’s President Seretse Ian Khama.
• Three former Brazilian presidents, including Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
• British Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
• Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza.
•Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and three of his predecessors.
• Chadian President Idriss Deby.
• Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao.
• Comoros’ President Ikiliou Dhoinine.
• Congo’s President Joseph Kabila.
• Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.
• Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout.
• Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Prince Frederik.
• Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
• East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.
• El Salvador’s Foreign Minister Jaime Miranda.
• Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
• Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
• European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
• European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
• Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
•French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.
• Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba.
• Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.
• German President Joachim Gauck.
• Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama.
• Guinean President Alpha Conde.
• Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar.
• Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.
• Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress party leader Sonia Ghandi.
• Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
• Irish President Michael Higgins.
• Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.
• Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
• Ivory Coast’s President Allasane Ouattara.
• Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
• Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.
• Jordanian Queen Rania and Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.
• Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
• Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
• Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
• Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
• Malawi’s President Joyce Banda.
• Malaysian Energy Minister Maximus Ongkili.
• Mauritius’ Prime Minister Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
• Mexican President Pena Nieto.
• Morocco’s Prince Moulay Rachid.
• Mozambique’s President Armando Emilio Guebuza.
• Nepalese Foreign Minister Madhav Prassad Ghimire.
• The Netherlands’ Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and King Willem-Alexander.
• Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.
• Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
• Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Crown Prince Haakon.
• Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain.
• Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
• Philippines’ Vice President Jejomar Binay.
• Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski and former President Lech Walesa.
• Portuguese President Cavaco Silva.
• Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Prime Minister Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
• Senegalese President Macky Sall.
• Serbian President Tomislav Nicolic.
• Seychelles President James Michel.
• Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak.
• Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor.
• South Korean Prime Minister Hongwon Chung.
• South Sudan’s President Salva Kir Mayardi.
• Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Prince Felipe.
• Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
• Sudanese Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih.
• Suriname’s President Desire Delan Bouterse.
• Swaziland’s Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini.
• Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Princess Victoria.
• Swiss President Ulrich Maurer.
• Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.
• Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
• Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.
• Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
• U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay.
• Former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan.
• Former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton
• Uruguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Almagro.
• Vatican official Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
• Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.
• Zambia’s President Michael Sata.
• Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
• British model Naomi Campbell.
• Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari and former Irish head of state Mary Robinson as part of the delegation of The Elders, a group of former statesmen which Mandela helped to launch.
• British entrepreneur Richard Branson and singer Peter Gabriel, who brought the idea of The Elders to Mandela.
• Singer Bono
• South African actor Charlize Theron

At least 23 federal lawmakers were also scheduled to go: Republicans Rep. Aaron Schock and Sen. Ted Cruz; Democrats Dels. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) and Donna Christensen (V.I.); and Democratic Reps. Marcia Fudge, John Conyers (Mich.), Charles Rangel (N.Y.), John Lewis, Jim McDermott (Wash.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Bobby Scott (Va.), Mel Watt (N.C.), Sheila Jackson-Lee (Tex.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), G. K. Butterfield (N.C.), Gene Green (Tex.), Gwen Moore (Wis.), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Karen Bass (Calif.), Joyce Beatty (Ohio) and Terri Sewell (Ala.).

Terri Rupar is The Post's mobile product editor.
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