South Africa’s last white president Frederik Willem de Klerk dies

South Africa’s last white president, Frederik Willem de Klerk, has died at the age of 85.

According to the FW de Klerk Foundation, Mr de Klerk died Thursday morning at his home in Cape Town.

He was President of South Africa from September 1989 to May 1994, and in 1990 he announced the release of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

The move, combined with other actions, resulted in multi-party elections in 1994, which helped bring apartheid-era South Africa to an end.

Following the multi-party elections that saw Mr Mandela elected president in 1994, FW de Klerk became one of South Africa’s two deputy presidents.

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