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F. W. de Klerk

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Frederik Willem de Klerk
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7th State President of South Africa
In office
20 September 1989 – 9 May 1994
Preceded byPieter Willem Botha
Succeeded byNelson Mandela
As President of South Africa
1st Deputy President of South Africa
In office
10 May 1994 – 30 June 1996
Serving with Thabo Mbeki
PresidentNelson Mandela
Preceded byOffice Established
Succeeded byThabo Mbeki (solely)
Personal details
Born (1936-03-18) 18 March 1936 (age 83)
Johannesburg, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyNational Party
New National Party
Spouse(s)Marike Willemse (1959–1998)
Elita Georgiades (1998–present)
ChildrenJan de Klerk
Willem de Klerk
Susan de Klerk
Alma materPotchefstroom University

Frederik Willem de Klerk (born 18 March 1936 in Johannesburg) is a South African politician.[1] He was the president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with Nelson Mandela.[2] They were given the prize for peacefully ending apartheid and setting up a new government in South Africa. From 1994 to 1996 he was vice president of South Africa. In 1997, he retired from politics. In 2004, he left the New National Party, when it became known that it wanted to unite with the African National Congress to form a single party.

De Klerk studied to be an attorney. He finished his studies in 1958. As a student, he joined the National Party. After obtaining his degree, he was their legal counsel, until 1972. From his first marriage with Marike Willemse he has three children. Since 1998, he has been married to Elita Georgiades.

References[change | change source]

  1. "F.W. de Klerk - Biography". 2012 [last update]. Retrieved 16 August 2012. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  2. "The Nobel Peace Prize 1993". 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.