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FW De Klerk: Last White President to lead South Africa dies at 85

FW De Klerk: Last White President to lead South Africa dies at 85

FORMER South Africa FW de Klerk has died at the age of 85.

Klerk is the last white person to lead the country and also a key figure in the nation's transition to democracy.

BBC quoted his spokesperson as saying he had been diagnosed with cancer this year.

He was head of state between September 1989 and May 1994.

In 1990 he announced he was releasing anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, leading to multi-party polls in 1994.

Mr de Klerk shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mr Mandela for helping to negotiate an end to apartheid. But his legacy has divided opinion in South Africa.

   
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Author: BBC

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