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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatars Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the grassroots level.
I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics, Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Former president de Klerk says South Africa at ‘crossroads’ between racism and practicality

Sunday - Feb 03, 2013, 06:30pm (GMT+5.5)
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Johannesburg - Former South African President F.W. de Klerk has said that South Africa was at the crossroads between moving in a racially disruptive direction or a practical, wide ranging path under the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

De Klerk said that a policy to narrow, gaping inequalities as part of what the ANC calls its national democratic revolution would result in an increasingly ideological and racially divisive path, News24 reports.

Criticising current president Jacob Zuma, de Klerk said that the President’s repeated and inflammatory references to the damages caused by apartheid, in a speech, appeared to be stirring up racial grievances, along with increased persistent demands for compensation.

The former president added that instead of the policies and actions of the past 18 years of democracy, the apartheid was blamed for poverty, inequality and joblessness.

However, he said that Zuma had also urged practical steps like defending the constitution, vigilance against corruption and uniting behind the development plan, which has been adopted as the primary blueprint for the future.

According to de Klerk, it is yet to be seen which of these two conflicting approaches will win within the internal debate of the ANC.


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