Greek PM pays tribute to Mandela

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday hailed Nelson Mandela as a “symbol of struggles for human dignity, equality and freedom,” saying the former South African president was a model of humility and selflessness.

“Today we, and the rest of the world, farewell a hero who wrote unique pages in modern history, a symbol of struggles for human dignity, equality and freedom in a better and more fair world,” Samaras said in a statement.

“We Greeks will always honor his memory,” the Greek premier said calling Mandela “a model of humility, selflessness and humanitarianism… a fighter against violence, apartheid and all types of racism.”

The former South African leader died Thursday at the age of 95.