de Klerk, F(rederik) W(illem)
de Klerk (də klûrkʹ, klĕrkʹ), F(rederik) W(illem). Born 1936.
South African president (1989-1994) who shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts toward ending apartheid in South Africa.

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born March 18, 1936, Johannesburg, S.Af.

President of South Africa (1989–94).

He brought the apartheid system to an end and negotiated a transition to majority rule. Replacing P.W. Botha as leader of the National Party and president, de Klerk quickly moved to release all important political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, and to lift the ban on the African National Congress. He and Mandela jointly received the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Following the country's first universal suffrage elections in 1994, Mandela became president and de Klerk was appointed second deputy president. He retired from politics in 1997.

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  • Klerk, F(rederik) W(illem) de — (n. 18 mar. 1936, Johannesburgo, Sudáfrica). Presidente de Sudáfrica (1989–94). Puso fin al sistema del apartheid y negoció una transición hacia un gobierno de mayoría. Después de reemplazar a P.W. Botha como líder del Partido Nacional y como… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • de Klerk — /də ˈklɜk/ (say duh klerk) noun F(rederik) W(illem), born 1936, South African National Party politician; executive state president 1989–94; deputy president from 1994; shared Nobel Peace prize 1993 (with Nelson Mandela) for his work towards… …   Australian English dictionary

  • de Klerk — biographical name F(rederik) W(illem) 1936 president of Republic of South Africa (1989 94); vice president (1994 96) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Frederik — (as used in expressions) Alexanderson, Ernst F(rederik) W(erner) Frederik Hendrik Willem Frederik Willem Frederik George Lodewijk Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel Klerk, F(rederik) W(illem) de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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