|First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia|
24 November 1989 – 20 December 1989
|Preceded by||Miloš Jakeš|
|Succeeded by||End of Communist rule|
22 March 1941 |
|Political party||Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (since 1990)|
|Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (until 1990)|
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.
- "Karel Urbánek" (in Czech). Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
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