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Oskar Lafontaine

Oskar Lafontaine is a German politician who served in the government of Germany as Minister of Finance from 1998 to 1999. He was also Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 1995 to 1999. Beginning in 2007, Lafontaine was co-chairman of DIE LINKE. He announced his resignation from federal political functions in January 2010, citing health reasons.