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|Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia|
20 September 1963 – 8 April 1968
|Preceded by||Viliam Široký|
|Succeeded by||Oldřich Černík|
|Acting President of Czechoslovakia|
22 March 1968 – 30 March 1968
|Preceded by||Antonín Novotný|
|Succeeded by||Ludvík Svoboda|
3 April 1923|
Liptovská Porúbka, Czechoslovakia
|Died||11 February 2004
Prague, Czech Republic
Jozef Lenárt (3 April 1923 – 11 February 2004) was a Slovak politician who was Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia from 1963 to 1968.
Life and career
Born in Liptovská Porúbka, Slovakia, he graduated from a chemistry high school and worked for the Baťa company. He became a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ) and of the Communist Party of Slovakia (KSS).
Lenart was a member of the federal parliament (whose name changed several times) from 1960 to 1990, and was Speaker of the Slovak National Council from 1962 to 1963. He was also a member from 1971 to (?)1990. He served as Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia between 1963 and 1968.
On the basis of insufficient evidence, on 23 September 2002 Lenárt was acquitted of treason charges (along with his co-defendant Miloš Jakeš), related to his handling (or lack thereof) of the Prague Spring events in 1968. He was accused of attending a meeting at the Soviet embassy in Prague on the day after the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion, planning to establish a new "workers and farmers'" government.
Jozef Lenárt was one of the most resilient figures in Czechoslovakia's communist hierarchy, occupying one post or another in the leadership for no less than a quarter of the century. That achievement was all the more remarkable because his career at the top straddled a succession of regimes and several abrupt changes in policy.
He died in Prague in 2004.
- 1950–1953, 1957–1966, and 1970–(?)1990: Member of the KSS
- 1956–1958: Leading Secretary of the Regional Committee of the KSS
- 1958–1962: Secretary of the Central Committee of the KSS
- 1958–(?)1990: Member of the Central Committee of the KSČ
- 1962–1963: Chairman of the Slovak National Council
- 1963–1968: Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
- 1968–1970: Secretary of the Central Committee of the KSČ
- 1970–1987: First Secretary of the Central Committee of the KSS
- 1970–(?)1990: Member of the Presidium of the KSČ
- 1971–(?)1990: Chairman of the Central Committee of the National Front of the Slovak Socialist Republic, and Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the National Front of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
|Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
|President of Czechoslovakia