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Thabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as the president of South Africa, holding leadership for more than nine years.
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Born on June 18, 1942 in Mbewuleni, Idutywa, South Africa, Thabo Mbeki joined the African National Congress as a teen. He was an engineer in the demise of Apartheid and served as Nelson Mandela’s deputy president. Mbeki became president in 1999 and won a second term. Known for severe political maneuvering and a disputable stance on AIDS treatments, he resigned in 2008, losing party leadership to Jacob Zuma.
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