Oldřich Černík

Oldřich Černík (October 27, 1921 – October 19, 1994) was a Czechoslovak Communist political figure. He was the Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia from April 8, 1968 to January 28, 1970.

Oldřich Černík
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Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
In office
8 April 1968 – 28 January 1970
Preceded byJozef Lenárt
Succeeded byLubomír Štrougal
Personal details
Born(1921-10-21)21 October 1921
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Died19 October 1994(1994-10-19) (aged 72)
Prague, Czech Republic
Political partyCommunist Party of Czechoslovakia

A party official and well-known technocrat, Černík was a strong supporter of the Prague Spring reforms of 1968. In August 1968 he was forced to go to the Soviet Union along with other politicians, and when he returned he asked the Czech people to cooperate with the Soviet Union but promised to continue reforms. After party leader Alexander Dubcek was replaced with Gustav Husak in 1969, Černík publicly distanced himself from his previous support of reform. It was not enough to prevent him from being forced out as prime minister in 1970; he was expelled from the party soon afterward. He attempted a political comeback in the early 1990s after the end of the communist regime. He died in Prague.

Political offices
Preceded by
Jozef Lenárt
Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia
1968 – 1970
Succeeded by
Lubomír Štrougal