Germany’s former president, Roman Herzog, has died after a severe illness at the age of 82.
During the 1990s, Herzog urged Germany to welcome economic reform and also pioneered the importance of remembering the Nazi Holocaust.
He was the head of state from 1994 to 1999 and thus the seventh president of the Federal Republic of Germany.
President Joachim Gauck has paid tribute to Herzog in a letter of condolence addressed to his widow Alexandra Freifrau von Berlichingen.
Gauck expressed “deep sorrow” over Herzog’s death and added, “He was a distinctive personality who shaped Germany’s self-understanding and the co-existence of our society with his expertise and prudence and a great life experience. He stood up for our country and for his freedom.”
Herzog was the first president of Germany, who was elected to office after the unification of eastern and western parts of the country.
Before coming to the highest office in July 1994, he had served as the head of the Federal Constitutional Court since 1987.
Herzog was a member of the Christian Democratic Union party. He began his political career as the education and interior minister.