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Lothar de Maizière (born 2 March 1940) is a German conservative politician.

He was born in Nordhausen and studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. He used to be in the Berlin symphony orchestra before he went on to study law at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

In 1990 he was elected to the Volkskammer of the German Democratic Republic as a member of the CDU, in the first and only free elections the GDR ever held. He then became the successor to Hans Modrow as Prime Minister, and held this position until October 2, 1990 — the following day the territory of the GDR was reannexed to Germany.

After German Reunification he was appointed Minister for Special Affairs in the CDU government, until allegations that he had worked for the Stasi led to his resignation in 1991.


Preceded by:
Hans Modrow
Chairman of the Council of Ministers (GDR)
1990
Succeeded by:
None
(The German Democratic Republic was abolished, and its territory annexed by the Federal Republic of Germany)
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