German politician Westerwelle dead

Guido Westerwelle and his partner Michael Mronz (L) arriving on the red carpet for the opening of the Bayreuth Wagner opera festival outside the Gruener Huegel (Green Hill) opera house in Bayreuth July 25, 2012.Image copyright

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Guido Westerwelle, at right with his partner Michael Mronz, was the first openly gay leader of a German party

Germany’s former Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has died aged 54 after suffering from cancer.

The politician, whose liberal FDP was in government with Angela Merkel’s party from 2009-13, died in a Cologne hospital, his foundation said.

He had been ill with leukaemia since 2014.

Guido Westerwelle was the first openly gay man to hold high office in Germany, serving as vice chancellor from 2009-11.

He leaves behind his partner Michael Mronz.

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