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A Bitter End For South Africa's Mbeki

TIME:
In a subdued television address on Sunday night, ousted South African President Thabo Mbeki announced that he had submitted his letter of resignation to the speaker of parliament and will officially leave office once parliament chooses an interim successor, as it is expected to do within a month. Mbeki appeared calm and dignified as he defended his legacy of 14 years as the premier policy architect of a post-apartheid South African state, first as deputy president under Nelson Mandela from 1994 to 1999, then as head of state. But despite his demeanor, it was a bitter moment for a man who, as the son of ANC liberation hero Govan Mbeki, has often said that he was "born into the struggle."
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