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Video: Tony Leon Discusses The Accidental Ambassador with Shannon de Ryhove

The Accidental AmbassadorPolity’s Shannon de Ryhove interviewed Tony Leon about his new autobiography, The Accidental Ambassador: From Parliament to Patagonia, which details his time as the South African ambassador in Argentina after his retirement from active politics.

De Ryhove asked Leon about the transition from being the leader of the opposition to representing South Africa as an ambassador. He mentioned that he has always felt that there needs to be a distinction between the party and the state and that therefore it should not just be the ANC representing the country overseas, as South Africa consists of many parties. This was a sentiment that he says was echoed by President Jacob Zuma when he appointed Leon to the position.

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