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Thabo Mbeki

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President of South Africa
In office
14 June 1999 – 24 September 2008
Deputy Jacob Zuma
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Preceded by Nelson Mandela
Succeeded by Kgalema Motlanthe
Deputy President of South Africa
In office
10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999
President Nelson Mandela
Preceded by Office Created
Alwyn Schlebusch
(Vice President 1981-1984)
Succeeded by Jacob Zuma
1st Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office
In office
12 November, 1999 – 2 March, 2002
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by John Howard
Personal details
Born (1942-06-18) 18 June 1942 (age 79)
Mbewuleni, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Zanele Dlamini
Children Monwabise Kwanda
Alma mater University of London
University of Sussex
Signature Thabo Mbeki Signature.svg

Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (born 18 June 1942) is a South African politician. He served nine years as the second President of South Africa from 14 June 1999 to 24 September 2008.

On 9 July 2002, he became the first chairperson of African Union. On 20 September 2008, with about nine months left in his second term, Mbeki announced his resignation after being recalled by the African National Congress's National Executive Committee. That was after a meeting by Judge Nicholson for corruption.

Mbeki was born on 18 June 1942 in Mbewuleni, Cape Province, Union of South Africa. He studied economics at the University of London and at the University of Sussex. Mbeki married his wife Zanele Dlamini at Farnham Castle in the United Kingdom in 1974.

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