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FW De Klerk, LLB Biography

Seventh State President of South Africa
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“[I]f the two-state solution is not implemented, and if, in such a situation, the Jews have special rights while the Palestinians live as second-class citizens, Israel will become an apartheid state.”

Nahum Barnea, “De Klerk: Without Two-State Solution, Israel Could Turn Into an Apartheid State,”, Nov. 27, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founding Chair, Global Leadership Foundation, 2004-present
  • Founder, Chairman Emeritus, and Trustee, FW De Klerk Foundation, 1999-present
  • Leader of the Opposition, South Africa, June 30, 1996-Sep. 9, 1997
  • Executive Deputy President of South Africa, May 10, 1994-June 30, 1996
  • Seventh State President of South Africa, Sep. 20, 1989-May 10, 1994
  • Acting State President of South Africa, Aug. 15, 1989-Sep. 20, 1989
  • Minister of National Education and Planning, South Africa, 1984-1989
  • Leader, South African House of Assembly, Dec. 1, 1986
  • Chair, Minister’s Council, South African House of Assembly, July 1, 1985
  • Minister of Internal Affairs, South Africa, 1982-1985
  • National Party Leader, Transvaal Province, South Africa, Mar. 6, 1982
  • Minister of Mineral and Energy Affairs, South Africa, 1980-1982
  • Minister of Mines, Energy and Environmental Planning, South Africa, 1979-1980
  • Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and Sports and Recreation, South Africa, 1978-1979
  • Minister of Posts and Telecommunications and Social Welfare and Pensions, South Africa, 1978
  • Member of Parliament for Vereeniging (South Africa), 1972
  • Former Attorney, Vereeniging (South Africa)
  • BA LLB, cum laude, Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (South Africa), 1958
  • Full name is Frederik Willem de Klerk
  • Born on Mar. 18, 1936 in Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • Was offered the position of Chair of Administrative Law at Potchefstroom University in 1972 but declined in order to enter active politics
  • Was awarded the South African Decoration for Meritorious Service in 1981
  • Was awarded the Prix du Courage Internationale (The Prize for Political Courage) in 1992
  • Was co-recipient of the UNESCO Houphouet-Boigny Prize in 1992
  • Was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in Spain in 1992
  • Was awarded the Philadelphia Peace Prize alongside Nelson Mandela in July 1993
  • Was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Nelson Mandela on Dec. 10, 1993
  • Was awarded nine honorary doctorates and one honorary fellowship between 1990 and 2014
  • Serves as Honorary Chair of the Prague Society for International Co-operation in the Czech Republic
  • Serves as Member of the Assembly of the Parliament of Cultures in Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Serves on the advisory board of the Peres Center for Peace (Israel)
Quoted in:
  1. Is Israel an Apartheid State?