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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

De Klerk Makes Denial

CAPE TOWN (-- South Africa's deputy president and National Party leader F.W. de Klerk on Monday dismissed speculation that he planned to withdraw from President Nelson Mandela's coalition government of national unity.

"The National Party has no intention of leaving the government," he told a news conference before the new parliament began its first full session.

De Klerk, South Africa's last white president before handing over to Mandela in May, returned at the weekend from a holiday in Greece to face a barrage of criticism from his parliamentary caucus about a lackluster performance since handing power to Mandela in May.