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Tony Leon
Tony Leon

Anthony James Leon (born 15 December 1956) is a South African politician and the leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's main opposition party and current leader of the opposition. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (612x859, 48 KB) Studio portrait of Tony Leon, leader of the Democratic Alliance. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (612x859, 48 KB) Studio portrait of Tony Leon, leader of the Democratic Alliance. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Alliance (DA) is a liberal South African political party, and the official opposition to the ruling African National Congress. ... The word current usually implies a flow or movement. ... The Leader of the Opposition is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in a Westminster System of parliamentary government. ...

Leon grew up in South Africa in a Jewish family during the apartheid era, when the African National Congress and other organisations representing the black majority were illegal. In 1974 he became an organiser for the Progressive Party, the more liberal of South Africa's only two legal opposition parties of the time. In the same year he was elected to the Johannesburg City Council, where he became leader of the opposition. Jews (Hebrew: יהודים translit. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... The African National Congress (ANC) is a centre-left political party, and has been South Africas governing party (in a coalition) since the establishment of majority rule in May 1994. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... The Progressive Party was a liberal South African party that opposed the ruling National Partys policies of apartheid. ... City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ...

He was educated at Kearsney College near Durban before he studied law at the University of Witwatersrand, where he was President of the Law Students' Council and Vice-President of the Students' Representative Council. He became an attorney, and in 1986 a lecturer in the law department at the same university. Kearsney College Kearsney College is a private university-preparatory school located in Bothas Hill, near Durban in South Africa. ... Central area of Durban Durban is a city in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa (29°53′S 31°03′E). ... The University of the Witwatersrand is a leading South African university situated in Johannesburg. ... An attorney is someone who represents someone else in the transaction of business: For attorney-at-law, see lawyer, solicitor, barrister or civil law notary. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In 1989, he was elected to Parliament for the Houghton constituency, representing the Progressive Party's successor, the Democratic Party. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party (DP) was the name of the South African political party now called the Democratic Alliance (DA). ...

From 1990 to 1994, he chaired the DP's Bill of Rights Commission, and as such was an advisor to the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) and a delegate to the multi-party negotiations that led to the end of apartheid and the establishment of a multi-party democracy in 1994. This article is about the year. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... A bill of rights is a statement of certain rights which, under a societys laws, citizens and/or residents either have, want to have, or ought to have. ...

After the 1994 general elections, Leon was again elected to Parliament in the first democratic National Assembly, as well as leader of the Democratic Party. At the time, the Democratic Party was perceived as merely a minor party of white liberals, an oddity in the first multiracial government of South Africa. 1994 General Election results, National Assembly African National Congress (ANC) 12,237,655 62. ... The National Assembly is the lower house of the Parliament of South Africa, located in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of...

With the second democratic elections in 1999 and the New National Party only retaining 28 seats (down from 82 in 1994), he became Leader of the Opposition as the DP took 38 seats. South Africas second non-racial general election, held on 1999-06-02, was won by the African National Congress (ANC), who increased their number of seats by 14. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The New National Party (NNP) was a South African conservative political party formed when the National Party pulled out of the Government of National Unity with the African National Congress and decided to change its name in the process. ...

After the 2004 general elections, the Democratic Alliance under Leon had an increased vote of 2.8%, as did the ANC with an increase of 3.3%. These gains came at a cost to three of the five minor opposition parties, with only the Independent Democrats — a newcomer in the elections — showing a significant increase in votes. Legislative elections were held in South Africa on Wednesday, 14 April 2004. ... The Independent Democrats are a South African political party, formed by former Pan Africanist Congress member Patricia de Lille in 2003. ...

Leon has built a high media profile as opposition leader, effectively criticising the ANC government under Nelson Mandela but more so under his successor, President Thabo Mbeki, for failing to deal with South Africa's huge problems of poverty, unemployment and the AIDS epidemic. He has, however, alienated some of his party's liberal supporters by supporting the death penalty, genetically modified food and Eskom's pebble-bed reactor. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, (born July 18, 1918), was the first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections. ... Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (born June 18, 1942) is the President of the Republic of South Africa. ... A boy from an East Cipinang trash dump slum in Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ... Dorothea Langes Migrant Mother depicts destitute pea pickers in California during the Great Depression. ... Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (or acronym AIDS or Aids), is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime, often called a capital offense or a capital crime. ... A genetically modified food is a food product derived in whole or part from a genetically modified organism (GMO) such as a crop plant, animal or microbe such as yeast. ... Eskom is a South African electricity public utility company. ... The Pebble Bed Reactor is an advanced nuclear reactor design. ...

Leon was voted 16th in the Top 100 Great South Africans. Great South Africans was a South African television series that aired on SABC3 and hosted by Noeleen Maholwana Sangqu and Denis Beckett. ...

External links

  • Financial Mail's profile of Tony Leon
  • Democratic Alliance website

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