- Jozef Lenárt
Infobox Prime Minister
office=Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
20 September, 1963
8 April, 1968
President of Czechoslovakia
22 March, 1968
30 March, 1968
birth_date =birth date|1923|4|3
Liptovská Porúbka, Czechoslovakia
death_date =death date and age|2004|12|11|1923|4|3
Prague, Czech Republic
Jozef Lenárt (
3 April 1923in Liptovská Porúbka, Slovakia– 11 February 2004in Prague) was a Slovak politician.
He graduated from a chemistry high school and worked for the
Baťacompany. 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 1962 - 1963. He was also a member from 1971 to (?)1990. He served as Prime Minister of
Czechoslovakiabetween 1963 and 1968.
On the basis of insufficient evidence, on
23 September 2002Lenárt was acquitted of treason charges (along with his co-defendant Miloš Jakeš), related to his handling (or lack thereof) of the Prague Springevents in 1968. He was accused of attending a meeting at the Soviet embassy in Prague on the day after the 1968 Warsaw Pactinvasion, 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.
*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
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