The Chairman of the State Council of the GDR was the de facto head of the German Democratic Republic .
|Chairman of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic|
Flag of the Chairman of the State Council of the GDR
Last in office
Manfred Gerlach (acting)
|Previous position||President of the GDR|
|Post has appeared||September 12, 1960|
|First in office||Walter Ulbricht|
|Last in office||Manfred Gerlach (acting)|
|Replacing Position||Federal President of Germany|
|Position abolished||April 5, 1990|
The post was created in 1960 to replace the post of president of the German Democratic Republic, which from 1949 until his death was held by William Peak . In accordance with the constitution, the State Council of the GDR was a collective body, but in practice the chairman of the State Council was considered by the head of state.
The chairmen of the State Council of the GDR were:
|Name||beginning of reign||end of reign||the consignment|
|Walter Ulbricht||September 12, 1960||August 1, 1973||SED|
|Friedrich Ebert (acting)||August 1, 1973||October 3, 1973||SED|
|Willy Stoff||October 3, 1973||October 29, 1976||SED|
|Erich Honecker||October 29, 1976||October 24, 1989||SED|
|Egon Krenz||October 24, 1989||December 6, 1989||SED|
|Manfred Gerlach (acting)||December 6, 1989||April 5, 1990||LDPG|
After the first free elections to the People’s Chamber of the GDR in 1990 , the Constitution of the GDR was amended, according to which the powers of the Chairman of the State Council of the GDR were temporarily transferred to the Chairman of the People’s Chamber, who elected Sabine Bergmann-Paul . However, the election of a new president did not take place.
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