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Former So. Africa leader Botha dead at 90

WILDERNESS, South Africa, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Former South African President and Prime Minister P.W. Botha died of a stroke Tuesday at his home in Wilderness, South Africa, at the of age 90.

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2006 with 138 to go.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Sidney Bechet, in 1897; Bobby Darin, who was born in 1936; Jack Bruce of Cream in 1943 (age 60); former Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish in 1945 (age 58); Al Ciner, guitarist with American Breed, in 1947 (age 56); David Byrne of Ta
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Pieter Willem Botha (12 January 1916 – 31 October 2006), commonly known as "P. W." and Die Groot Krokodil (Afrikaans for "The Big Crocodile"), was the prime minister of South Africa from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive state president from 1984 to 1989.

First elected to Parliament in 1948, Botha was for eleven years head of the Afrikaner National Party and the South African government. Although a fierce opponent of black majority rule and Communism, his government did make concessions towards political reform, whereas sparkling internal unrest saw widespread human rights abuses on the hands of the Afrikaner government as well as the militant opposition. Botha resigned the party leadership in February 1989 after suffering a stroke and six months later was coerced to leave the presidency as well.

In F W de Klerk's 1992 referendum Botha campaigned for a No vote and denounced de Klerk's administration as irresponsible. In early in 1998, when Botha refused to testify at the Mandela government's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he was supported by the right-wing Conservative Party, which had earlier contested his rule, in his refusal and was fined and given a suspended jail sentence later that year. Shortly before his death in late 2006, he renewed his opposition towards egalitarian democracy in favor of a confederate system based upon the principles of separate development.

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