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Ex-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl dies aged 87

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 16/06/2017
Kohl had been frail and wheelchair-bound since suffering a bad fall in 2008 [Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera Kohl had been frail and wheelchair-bound since suffering a bad fall in 2008 [Reuters]

Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl died on Friday aged 87, his party, the Christian Democrats, said on Twitter.

Earlier, German newspaper Bild had said Kohl died in his house in Ludwigshafen, in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Kohl, the country's longest serving post-war chancellor from 1982 to 1998, is widely considered to be the architect of German reunification.

He was a driving force behind the introduction of the European single currency, convincing sceptical Germans to give up the Deutsche Mark.

Kohl had been frail and wheelchair-bound since suffering a bad fall in 2008.

"We mourn," Kohl's Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor. 

More to follow.

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