|Prime Minister of the Slovak Socialist Republic|
4 May 1969 – 12 October 1988
|Preceded by||Stefan Sádovský|
|Succeeded by||Ivan Knotek|
10 January 1925 |
Sedliacka Dubová, Dolný Kubín district, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)
|Political party||Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (until 1988)
Communist Party of Slovakia (until 1988)
|Alma mater||Comenius University in Bratislava|
Early life and education
Following the graduation Colotka joined the University of Bratislava and taught civil and family law. He was the president of the university from 1959 to 1963. He served at the International Court of Justice at the Hague from 1963 to 1968. He became professor of civil law in 1964.
He was a member of both the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and the Slovak Communist Party. He was made deputy prime minister of Czechoslovakia in 1968. He was appointed president of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly in the meeting of the Czech communist party held on 16–17 January 1969, replacing Josef Smrkovský in the post. And Colotka was a deputy at the Assembly from 1969 to 1989. He became a member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party's presidium in April 1969 and of its central committee in May 1971. He was elected to the Slovak Communist Party's presidium in May 1969 and to the central committee in May 1971.
He was appointed Prime Minister of the Slovak Socialist Republic on 4 May 1969, replacing Stefan Sádovský in the post. He also served as deputy prime minister of Czechoslovakia from 1969 to 1988. He resigned from premiership on 12 October 1988 and was replaced by Ivan Knotek in the post. Colotka also resigned from the Czechoslovak Communist Party's presidium in October 1988.
Colotka is among the communist leaders who were interrogated about their role in the 1968 Soviet invasion. On 11 July 1990, Colotka was also arrested and accused of embezzlement, abuse of power and theft.
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