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People's Chancellor of People's Republic of Germany
Volkskanzler der Volksrepublik Deutschland
VDFlag
Flag of the People's Republic of Germany
Krenz
Egon Krenz, the last Chancellor
Style Comrade People's Chancellor
Genosse Volkskanzler
Residence Kanzlerhaus, Berlin
Appointer Volkskammer
Term length life
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

Name
(birth-death)
Portrait Dates of Rule
Karl Liebknecht
(1871-1950)
Karl Liebknecht 11 August 1919

27 March 1950
Wilhelm Pieck
(1876-1960)
Pieck 27 March 1950

7 September 1960
Walter Ulbricht
(1893-1973)
Ulbricht 7 September 1960

1 August 1973
Egon Krenz
(born 1937)
Krenz 1 August 1973

25 December 1991

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