Ivan Knotek

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Ivan Knotek
Prime Minister of the Slovak Socialist Republic
In office
12 October 1988 – 22 June 1989
Preceded by Peter Colotka
Succeeded by Pavel Hrivnák
Personal details
Born (1936-08-26) 26 August 1936 (age 81)
Political party Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
Communist Party of Slovakia

Ivan Knotek (born 26 August 1936) is a Slovak politician who served as Politburo member and prime minister from 1988 to 1989 of the Slovak Socialist Republic.[1]


Knotek was born on 26 August 1936.[2] He was a member of both the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and the Slovak Communist Party.[3] He became a member of the Czech Communist Party's Politburo in April 1988.[3] He was made chairman of the Politburo's two commissions, agriculture and food commission and youth work commission.[3] He retained his Politburo membership in the reshuffle of 10-11 October 1988.[4][5]

He was also named prime minister on 12 October 1988, replacing Peter Colotka in the post.[6] With this appointment he automatically became the deputy federal prime minister along with the Czech Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec.[6][7] Knotek's tenure as prime minister ended on 22 June 1989 and he was succeeded by Pavel Hrivnák in the post.[8] Then he served as the Communist Party's secretary for economic affairs.[5] In a November 1989 reshuffle, Knotek retained his post at the politburo.[9]


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  2. ^ "Index Ki-Ky". Rulers. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Directory of Czechoslovak Officials". Directorate of Intelligence. July 1988. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "List of reshuffled Politburo". Associated Press. Prague. 26 November 1989. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "The Democratic Revolution in Czechoslovakia" (Briefing Book). The National Security Archive. Prague. October 1999. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "New Czech government sworn in". The Times-News. Pague. AP. 13 October 1988. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ministers in Czechoslovakia's Government With AM". Associated Press. 12 October 1988. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Slovakia". Rulers. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Clamor in the East; New Politburo in Prague". The New York Times. 28 November 1989. Retrieved 31 August 2013.