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Bolivian Leader Meets with South African Nobel Laureates


Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales has met with two prominent South Africans as he winds up his visit to South Africa.

Morales met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President F.W. De Klerk Thursday to learn how the two Nobel Peace Prize winners helped transform South Africa from, as Morales said, "apartheid isolation to democratic prosperity."

He also visited the notorious Robben Island prison, where anti-apartheid leader and former President Nelson Mandela, also a Nobel Peace laureate, spent years in captivity.

Morales is the first indigenous Bolivian to be elected president. He has pledged to concentrate on fighting discrimination and poverty in his poor South American homeland.

Wednesday, Morales met with South African President Thabo Mbeki and said the meeting strengthened political ties between their countries.

Morales is traveling next to Brazil, where he will meet with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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