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A multiracial transition council is agreed to, and the A.N.C. prepares to end sanctions

When the deal was finally done, exhausted negotiators jumped to their feet and burst into applause. After weeks of debate and wrangling, representatives of South Africa's political parties, black and white, agreed last week to create a 20-member, multiracial, multiparty transition council -- with blacks in the majority -- to supervise the existing government until free elections are held on April 27. For the first time, the watchdog council will give 30 million black South Africans a measure of power and legitimacy within the country's political system; its installation, perhaps as soon as the middle of October, will definitively mark the...

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