Ivan Ribar

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Ivan Ribar
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Ivan Ribar
1st President of the Constituent Assembly
In office
Preceded byOffice established
1st President of the Presidency of the People's Assembly
In office
29 December 1945 – 14 January 1953
Prime MinisterJosip Broz Tito
Preceded byOffice established
King Peter IIa
(as King of Yugoslavia)
Succeeded byJosip Broz Titoa
(as President of Yugoslavia)
Personal details
Born(1881-01-21)21 January 1881
Vukmanić, Croatia-Slavonia, Austria-Hungary
Died2 February 1968(1968-02-02) (aged 87)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Political partyCommunist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ)
Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Tonica Ribar
ChildrenJurica Ribar, Ivo Lola Ribar
a Between 1945–53, the President of the Assembly was also the Yugoslav head of state. From 14 January 1953 the president of the assembly was no longer head of state, but was succeeded in that role by the office of the President of Yugoslavia which was first occupied by Josip Broz Tito, and held by him up to his death in 1980.

Ivan Ribar (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐvan rîbaːr]; 21 January 1881 – 2 February[1] 1968) was a Yugoslav politician and soldier of Croatian descent. He was born in Vukmanić (part of Karlovac). He had a PhD in law.

In politics, he was:

  • President of the Royal Parliamentary Assembly, 1920–22
  • President of Executive Committee, Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia, 26 October 1942 – 4 December 1943
  • Chairman of the Presidium of the Provisional People's Assembly, 4 December 1943 – 5 March 1945
  • Chairman of the Presidium of the National Assembly, 29 December 1945 – 14 January 1953

Ribar lost his entire family during World War II: his two sons, Jurica and Ivo, and his wife, Tonica.[clarification needed] His sons fought for the Partisans against the Italian Fascists. Ivo Lola Ribar, his younger son, was in charge of the Young Communist League of Yugoslavia (SKOJ) during the war, and was proclaimed posthumously a People's Hero of Yugoslavia.[2]


Ivan Ribar died in Zagreb in 1968, aged 87.[2]

Ivan Ribar (left) and Partisan commander Tito during the Battle of the Sutjeska

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
King Peter II
as King of Yugoslavia
President of the Presidency of the People's Assembly
Succeeded by
Josip Broz Tito
as President of Yugoslavia
New office Succeeded by
Milovan Đilas
as President of the Federal Assembly


  1. ^ Lentz, Harris M. (2014-02-04). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Routledge. ISBN 9781134264902.
  2. ^ a b Ivan Ribar profile Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine, gimnazija-karlovac.hr; accessed 12 July 2015. ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)