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Ema Derossi-Bjelajac (sometimes rendered Derosi-Bjelajac) is a Croatian politician who served as the President of the Presidency of the Socialist Republic of Croatia (a constituent republic of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) from 1985 until 1986 and was simultaneously the President of the Executive Council of the Socialist Republic of Croatia. She was the first woman to hold a title equivalent to a head of state, as well as the second woman (after Savka Dabčević-Kučar) to hold a post equivalent to a head of government, in modern day Croatia. She served in a number of high-ranking functions within the League of Communists of Croatia and the Croatian republican government of the period: notably, she was a Member of the Central Committee of the League between 1964-1974, and was a Member and Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament (Sabor) between 1978 and 1982. At age 92, she is the oldest living former Croatian head of state (albeit in a sub-national capacity).

Ema Derossi-Bjelajac
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6th President of the Presidency of the Socialist Republic of Croatia
In office
20 November 1985 – 10 May 1986
Prime Ministerherself
Preceded byPero Car
Succeeded byAnte Marković
11th President of the Executive Council of the Socialist Republic of Croatia
In office
20 November 1985 – 10 May 1986
Presidentherself
Preceded byAnte Marković
Succeeded byAntun Milović
Deputy Speaker of Parliament
In office
1978–1982
SpeakerJure Bilić
Member of Parliament
In office
1978–1982
SpeakerJure Bilić
Personal details
Born (1926-05-03) 3 May 1926 (age 93)
Štrmac, Yugoslavia
Political partyLeague of Communists of Yugoslavia
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb
ProfessionPolitician

She served in the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia from 1964 to 1968.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pero Car
President of the Presidency of Croatia
1985–1986
Succeeded by
Ante Marković