Fifth Kohl cabinet

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The fifth and final cabinet led by Helmut Kohl was sworn in on November 15, 1994 and laid down its function on October 27, 1998. The cabinet was formed after the 1994 elections. It laid down its function after the formation of the Cabinet Schröder I, which was formed following the 1998 elections.


The cabinet had the following composition
Name Party Office
Helmut Kohl (CDU) Chancellor
Klaus Kinkel (FDP) Vice Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs
Friedrich Bohl (CDU) Minister of Special Tasks and Chief of the Chancellery
Volker Rühe (CDU) Minister of Defense
Manfred Kanther (CDU) Minister of the Interior
Theo Waigel (CSU) Minister of Finance
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) Minister of Justice
Günter Rexrodt (FDP) Minister of Economics
Norbert Blüm (CDU) Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Jochen Borchert (CDU) Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Forestry
Matthias Wissmann (CDU) Minister of Transport
Klaus Töpfer (CDU) Minister of Construction
Claudia Nolte (CDU) Minister of Family, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth
Horst Seehofer (CSU) Minister of Health
Jürgen Rüttgers (CDU) Minister of Education, Science, Research, and Technology
Carl-Dieter Spranger (CSU) Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development
Angela Merkel (CDU) Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation, and Reactor Security
Wolfgang Bötsch (CSU) Minister of Posts and Communications

The composition of the cabinet changed three times:

  • January 17, 1996 – Edzard Schmidt-Jortzig (FDP) succeeds Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger as Minister of Justice.
  • December 31, 1997 – The Ministry of Posts and Communications is abolished.
  • January 14, 1998 – Eduard Oswald succeeds Töpfer as Minister of Construction.

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