Nelson mandela's inaugural address

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Nelson Mandela: Inaugural Address, May 10, 1994

Nelson Mandela was trained as a lawyer, and joined the African National Congress in 1944 to aid in its struggle against apartheid. During over 25 years in prison he became the world's most famous political prisoner. After a long campaign of resistance within South Africa and politicaland economic pressure from without, President F. W. de Klerk ended the government ban on the ANC and freed Mandela in 1990, whereupon*(=sur quoi) he assumed leadership of the organization. He worked tirelessly over the next few years to negotiate an end to apartheid and minority rule, gaining widespread respect and support in the process. National elections were held in April 1994, and on May 10thof that year Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first Black president of South Africa.
Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Guests, Comrades and Friends:
Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our -------------- in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and ---------- to -------------- -----------------.
Out of the experience of anextraordinary human ---------------- that ------------ too long, must be ---------- a society of which all humanity will be ------------- .
Our daily deeds*(=actions) as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's --------------- in justice, ----------------- its confidence in the nobility of the human ---------------- and sustain*(=maintenir)all our hopes for a glorious life for all.
All this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today.
To my compatriots, I have no ------------ in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the -------------of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld.*(=prairie)
Eachtime one of us -------------- the soil of this land, we feel a sense of personal renewal. The national mood changes as the ------------ -----------------.
We are moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration*(=exultation) when the grass ---------- -------------- and the flowers bloom.
That --------------- and ------------------ oneness we all --------------- with this common homelandexplains the -------------- of the --------- we all carried in our hearts as we saw our country --------------- itself apart in a terrible conflict, and as we saw it spurned*(=to reject scornfully), outlawed and isolated by the peoples of the world, precisely because it had become the universal base of the pernicious ideology and practice of racism and racial oppression.
We, the people of SouthAfrica, feel fulfilled*(=se sentir epanoui) that humanity has taken us back into its bosom*(=au sein de sa famille ), that we, who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare ------------- to be host to*(=acceuillir) the nations of the world on our own soil.
We thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession ,with the people of our country , ofwhat is, after all, a ----------- --------------- for -----------, for ------------ , for human --------------- .
We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of ----------- peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non-racialism and democracy.
We --------------- appreciate the role that the masses of our people and their political mass, democratic, religious,women, youth, business, traditional and other leaders have played to bring about this conclusion. Not least among them is my Second Deputy President*(=vice-président), the Honorable F.W. de Klerk(=the former white South African President).
We would also like to pay tribute to*(=rendre hommage à ) our security forces, in all their ranks, for the distinguished role they have played in securing=(=to...
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