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|People's Chancellor of People's Republic of Germany
Volkskanzler der Volksrepublik Deutschland
Flag of the People's Republic of Germany
Egon Krenz, the last Chancellor
|Style||Comrade People's Chancellor|
|Formation||11 August 1919|
|First holder||Karl Liebknecht|
|Final holder||Egon Krenz|
|Abolished||25 December 1991|
|Succession||Helmut Kohl, first president of the German Provisional Government|
The People's Chancellor of the People's Republic of Germany was one of two heads of government of Germany. The official title in German was Volkskanzler der Volksrepublik Deutschland, sometimes shortened to Kanzler. The term, dating from the early Middle Ages, is derived from the Latin term cancellarius.
In German politics, the Chancellor and Volkspräsident were equal in power and authority. Referred to as the Double Leader Policy (German: Doppelführer Politik), all decisions were to be shared between the two leaders. Though it was never specified in law, the offices of Chancellor and President have never been filled by two people of the same gender. In a case where the two leaders could not agree, members of the People's Chamber would cast a vote.
List of People's Chancellors of the People's Republic of Germany
|Portrait||Dates of Rule|
| Karl Liebknecht|
| 11 August 1919|
27 March 1950
| Wilhelm Pieck|
| 27 March 1950|
7 September 1960
| Walter Ulbricht|
| 7 September 1960|
1 August 1973
| Egon Krenz|
| 1 August 1973|
25 December 1991