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0110 GMT: In 2007, Mandela founded The Elders, a group which says they are independent, progressive leaders committed to peace, justice and human rights. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all." No one has influenced my life more than President Nelson Mandela." Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil, said, "The whole world laments the loss of Nelson Mandela.