Karel Urbánek

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Karel Urbánek
First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
In office
24 November 1989 – 29 November 1989
Preceded byMiloš Jakeš
Succeeded byEnd of Communist rule
Personal details
Born (1941-03-22) 22 March 1941 (age 78)
Bojkovice, Moravia
Political partyCommunist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (since 1990)
Other political
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (until 1990)
ProfessionRailway worker

Karel Urbánek (born 22 March 1941 in Bojkovice, Moravia) is a retired Czech politician. He was the last Communist leader of Czechoslovakia during the Velvet Revolution.

A former Bojkovice railway station manager, he replaced Miloš Jakeš as Secretary General of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia after a swift election on 24 November 1989. The only important decision he made during his very short term was to cancel the clause of the Constitution which gave the Communist Party a monopoly of power, though Communist rule had effectively ended with Jakeš' resignation.[1] He remained as party leader until 20 December, when he was succeeded by Ladislav Adamec.


  1. ^ "Karel Urbánek" (in Czech). Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů. Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.