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Björn Engholm

Björn Engholm (born November 9, 1939) is a Lübeck born German SPD politician. He was Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein from 1988 to 1993 and leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany between 1991 and 1993.

Engholm was elected Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein in 1988, in the wake of the Barschel affair. The Social Democrats won an impressive 54.2% (up almost ten percent) and gained an absolute majority for the first time ever[1]. It was also the first time that the SPD took over the office of Minister-President in Schleswig Holstein. Engholm served as President of the Bundesrat in 1988/89.

While Engholm was popular with the electorate, he was forced to resign as party leader and Minister-President in 1993 after discrepancies surfaced over the testimonies he gave in the Barschel affair.

He was succeeded by Rudolf Scharping as party chairman and by Heide Simonis as Minister-President.

His wife is the painter Barbara Engholm.


Party political offices
Preceded by
Hans-Jochen Vogel
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Succeeded by
Rudolf Scharping


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