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SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 15: Former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa smiles as he greets people at a pre-election rally weeks before the historic democratic election on April 15, 1994 in Soweto, South Africa. The ANC freedom fighter was in prison for 27 years and released in 1990. He became President of South Africa after the first multiracial democratic elections in April 1994. Mr. Mandela retired after one term in 1999 and gave the leadership to the current president Mr. Thabo Mbeki. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)