Lars Werner

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Lars Werner (right) with Erich Honecker, 1974

Lars Helge Werner (25 July 1935 – 11 January 2013) was a Swedish socialist politician.[1][2]

Werner was born in Stockholm. He was a member of the Swedish parliament from 1965 to 1994.[2] A construction worker by profession, he was elected vice chairman of the Vänsterpartiet Kommunisterna (VPK) ("the Left Party - Communists") in 1967, and became party chairman in 1975. During his time as party leader, he worked to distance the party from the Soviet Union, a process that had been started by his predecessor as party leader, C.-H. Hermansson. In 1990, VPK changed its name to Vänsterpartiet ("the Left Party"), removing the term "Communists". Werner resigned as party leader in 1993, and was succeeded by Gudrun Schyman.[1]

Werner died from a heart condition in 2013, at the age of 77.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Lars Werner är död". Dagens Nyheter. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b "Lars Werner". (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
Preceded by
C.-H. Hermansson
Leader of the Swedish Left Party - Communists
Succeeded by
Gudrun Schyman