Ro­man Her­zog dies

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

BERLIN: Ro­man Her­zog, who as Ger­man pres­i­dent was a pow­er­ful ad­vo­cate of eco­nomic re­forms in the 1990s af­ter the fall of the Berlin Wall, has died, the pres­i­dent’s of­fice said yes­ter­day. He was 82.

He was a mem­ber of Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union. He served as the chief jus­tice of Ger­many’s high­est court be­fore be­ing elected to a fiveyear term as pres­i­dent in 1994, four years af­ter re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

Pres­i­dent Joachim Gauck de­scribed Her­zog as a “dis­tinc­tive per­son­al­ity, who helped shape Ger­many’s self-im­age and the in­ter­ac­tions in our so­ci­ety”.

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