Karel Urbánek

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Karel Urbánek
Karel Urbánek in 1989
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
In office
24 November 1989 – 20 December 1989
Preceded by Miloš Jakeš
Succeeded by End of Communist rule
Personal details
Born (1941-03-22) 22 March 1941 (age 73)
Bojkovice, Moravia
Political party Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (since 1990)
Other political
affiliations
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (until 1990)
Profession Railway worker
Entrepreneur

Karel Urbánek (born 22 March 1941 in Bojkovice, Moravia) is a retired Czech politician. He was the last Communist leader of Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution, between November and December 1989.

A former Bojkovice railway station manager, he replaced Milouš Jakeš as Secretary General of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia after a swift election on 24 November 1989. The only important decision he made during his very short term was to cancel the clause of the Constitution which gave the Communist Party a monopoly of power, though Communist rule had effectively ended with Jakeš' resignation in the wake of the Velvet Revolution.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karel Urbánek" (in Czech). Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů. Retrieved 27 February 2010.