Miloš Jakeš

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Miloš Jakeš (born August 12, 1922) is a retired Czech communist politician.wikipedia
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Velvet Revolution

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He resigned from his position in late November 1989, amid the Velvet Revolution.
The entire top leadership of the Communist Party, including General Secretary Miloš Jakeš, resigned on 24 November.

Communist Party of Czechoslovakia

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He was General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia from 1987 until 1989.
Miloš Jakeš, Chairman of the Central Supervisory and Auditing Commission and Presidium member (replaced Gustáv Husák as general secretary of the KSČ in 1987).

Normalization (Czechoslovakia)

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After the Soviet invasion, Jakeš became one of the main initiators of the political purges carried out in the name of "normalization".
The Sixteenth Party Congress in 1981 reelected the incumbent members of the Presidium and Secretariat and elevated one candidate member, Milouš Jakeš, to full membership in the Presidium.

Gustáv Husák

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Following the ouster of Gustáv Husák at a dramatic party meeting in December 1987, Jakeš was nominated for the position of General Secretary by the competing factions within the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
Later that year, however, Husák yielded his post as general secretary to Miloš Jakeš in response to a desire for younger leaders (Jakeš and Ladislav Adamec) to share in power.

Karel Urbánek

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.

Czech Republic

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Miloš Jakeš (born August 12, 1922) is a retired Czech communist politician.

České Budějovice

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Jakeš was born in České Chalupy near České Budějovice.

Bohemian Forest

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He grew up in a poor village family in the Šumava borderlands before working in Bata Shoes factory in Zlín between 1937 and 1950.

Bata (company)

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He grew up in a poor village family in the Šumava borderlands before working in Bata Shoes factory in Zlín between 1937 and 1950.

Zlín

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He grew up in a poor village family in the Šumava borderlands before working in Bata Shoes factory in Zlín between 1937 and 1950.

World War II

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He joined the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia soon after World War II, triggering his steady rise within the party ranks.

Prague Spring

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In 1955 he began his studies at Moscow's Party's Higher College and, after obtaining his degree in 1958, his career continued without interruption, undisturbed even during the 1968 Prague Spring period.

Soviet Union

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After the Soviet invasion, Jakeš became one of the main initiators of the political purges carried out in the name of "normalization".

Purge

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After the Soviet invasion, Jakeš became one of the main initiators of the political purges carried out in the name of "normalization".

Glasnost

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Following his rise to power, Jakeš began to promote himself as a reformer by paying lip service to glasnost and perestroika.

Perestroika

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Following his rise to power, Jakeš began to promote himself as a reformer by paying lip service to glasnost and perestroika.

Plzeň

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Jakeš gained unwanted fame through his famous speech addressed to local party workers in Červený Hrádek close to Plzeň.

Mikhail Gorbachev

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When speaking about the necessity of Gorbachev-inspired "perestroika", he presented himself and the party as a lonely fence-post being allegedly left alone to overcome the hardships.

Chicken

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On the same occasion he mistook the word broiler (type of chicken) for boiler and spoke in an embarrassingly familiar way about some Czech pop music singers when pointing to their allegedly super-high incomes ("None of us earns so much!").

Prague

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Jakeš lives in Prague as an ordinary pensioner and used to be a frequent guest at the present-day Communists' rallies.

Czechoslovakia

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He wrote a book Dva roky generálním tajemníkem (Two years as the General Secretary), in which he compared the forty-year-long Communist rule of Czechoslovakia to the Hussite period in the nation's history.

Hussites

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He wrote a book Dva roky generálním tajemníkem (Two years as the General Secretary), in which he compared the forty-year-long Communist rule of Czechoslovakia to the Hussite period in the nation's history.

Death and state funeral of Josip Broz Tito

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Czechoslovakia: Gustáv Husák (President), Miloš Jakeš (First Secretary of the Communist Party), Bohuslav Chňoupek (Ministers of Foreign Affairs)

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, there are two living former General Secretaries of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia: Miloš Jakeš and Karel Urbánek.