Ladislav Adamec

Ladislav Adamec (10 September 1926, in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm – 14 April 2007, in Prague) was a Czechoslovak communist politician.

Ladislav Adamec
Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
In office
12 October 1988 – 10 December 1989
Preceded byLubomír Štrougal
Succeeded byMarián Čalfa
Personal details
Born(1926-09-10)10 September 1926
Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Czechoslovakia
Died14 April 2007(2007-04-14) (aged 80)
Prague, Czech Republic
Political partyCommunist Party of Czechoslovakia

Early lifeEdit

Adamec was born in Moravia on 10 September 1926.[1]


Adamec joined the Presidium in March 1987 and served as the prime minister of the Czech Socialist Republic from March 1987 to 1988.[1] Upon the retirement of Prime Minister Lubomír Štrougal on 12 October 1988, he assumed the role, thus serving as the last Communist prime minister of Czechoslovakia.[2][3] He served in the post from 12 October 1988 to 7 December 1989.[1] Marián Čalfa succeeded Adamec as prime minister.[1]

On 20 December, Adamec became general secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. However, he was not the de facto leader of the country; the party had given up its monopoly of power on 29 November.

In March 1990, Adamec became the chairman of the Communist Party.[1] The post was created with his appointment.[1]

Velvet RevolutionEdit

The Velvet Revolution lasted from 17 November to 29 December 1989. During the Velvet Revolution student protesters took to the streets of Prague in what became an overthrow of the government. Large demonstrations that occurred on 25 and 26 November, and a public strike on 27 November, pushed the communist regime into holding a conference with the Civic Forum. The Forum demanded that Adamec form a new government—that would include existing political parties and Civic Forum. The federal government under Adamec had been in contact with different leaders since 21 November and on 26 November, Adamec even addressed the crowds on Letná.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Dennis Kavanagh (1998). "Adamec, Ladislav". A Dictionary of Political Biography. Oxford University Press. p. 2. Retrieved 31 August 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)
  2. ^ Hochman, Jiří (1998). Historical Dictionary of the Czech State. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. pp. 17. ISBN 978-0-8108-3338-8. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  3. ^ "The Democratic Revolution in Czechoslovakia" (PDF). The National Security Archive. Prague. October 1999. Archived from the original (Briefing Book) on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.