Vladimir Bakarić

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Vladimir Bakarić
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Vladimir Bakarić in 1944
3rd Speaker of the Croatian Parliament[a]
In office
December 1953 – December 1963
Prime Minister Jakov Blažević
Zvonko Brkić
Mika Špiljak
Preceded by Zlatan Sremec
Succeeded by Ivan Krajačić
1st Prime Minister of Croatia
In office
14 April 1945 – December 1953
President Vladimir Nazor
Karlo-Gašpar Mrazović
Vicko Krstulović
Zlatan Sremec
Preceded by Pavle Gregorić
(as Minister for Croatia)
Succeeded by Jakov Blažević
5th Secretary of the League of Communists of Croatia
In office
1948 – May 1969
President Vladimir Nazor
Karlo-Gašpar Mrazović
Vicko Krstulović
Zlatan Sremec
Himself
Ivan Krajačić
Jakov Blažević
Prime Minister Himself
Jakov Blažević
Zvonko Brkić
Mika Špiljak
Savka Dabčević-Kučar
Preceded by Andrija Hebrang
Succeeded by Savka Dabčević-Kučar
Personal details
Born (1912-03-08)8 March 1912
Velika Gorica, Croatia-Slavonia, Austro-Hungary
Died 16 January 1983(1983-01-16) (aged 70)
Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Political party League of Communists of Yugoslavia (SKJ)
Religion None
^a The Speaker of the Parliament was the head of state of Croatia between 6 February 1953 and 8 May 1974.

Dr. Vladimir Bakarić (pronounced [ʋlǎdimiːr bǎkarit͡ɕ]; 8 March 1912 – 16 January 1983) was a Croatian communist and a politician in Socialist Yugoslavia.

Bakarić helped organize Partisan resistance in Croatia during World War II. From 1948 to 1969 he was the chairman of the Croatian League of Communists, and as such was a close collaborator of President Josip Broz Tito. Even after stepping down from the top post in Croatian communist hierarchy, he retained much influence and was in fact considered to be the most influential Croatian politician.

Together with Edvard Kardelj he belonged to the more liberal wing of the Yugoslav political elite and was known for his statement on the need for "federation to federate" (federiranje federacije), a reference to the struggle between Yugoslav unitarists who advocated giving more powers to the central government and federalists who wanted to shift power to the republics. Still, Bakarić was usually extremely careful in his public pronouncements on policy and wary of radical statements.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zlatan Sremec
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
December 1953 – December 1963
Succeeded by
Ivan Krajačić
Preceded by
Pavle Gregorić
as Minister for Croatia
Prime Minister of Croatia
14 April 1945 – December 1953
Succeeded by
Jakov Blažević
Party political offices
Preceded by
Andrija Hebrang
Secretary of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia
1948 – 1969
Succeeded by
Savka Dabčević-Kučar