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President of the League of Communists of Croatia

The Secretary of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia (Serbo-Croatian: Sekretar Centralnog komiteta Saveza komunista Hrvatske) was the head of the League of Communists of Croatia, heading the Central Committee of the Party. The holder of the office was, for a significant period, the de facto most influential politician in the Socialist Republic of Croatia, a constituent republic of Yugoslavia. The official name of the office was changed in May 1982 from "Secretary of the Central Committee" to President of the Presidency of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia (Predsjednik Predsjedništva Centralnog komiteta Saveza komunista Hrvatske).

President of the Presidency of the League of Communists of Croatia
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Ivica Račan facingleft.jpg
Ivica Račan, the last President
AppointerCentral Committee
FormationAugust 1937
First holderĐuro Špoljarić
Final holderIvica Račan
AbolishedNovember 1990

The League of Communists of Croatia was also an organization subordinate to the federal-level League of Communists of Yugoslavia. Between August 1937 and September 1952, the former was named the Communist Party of Croatia (being part of the larger Communist Party of Yugoslavia), until both parties were renamed "League of Communists" in 1952.

The role was later formalized as holding ex officio positions within both the Presidency of the Socialist Republic of Croatia and the Presidency of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia.

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Here follows a list of the twelve officeholders:

No. Secretary Lifespan Term of office Notes
Secretaries of the Central Committee
1   Đuro Špoljarić 1906–1991 August
1937

1939
2   Rade Končar 1911–1942
1940

1941
Executed in Šibenik by Italian occupation authorities during World War II.
3   Vlado Popović 1914–1972
1941

1942
4   Andrija Hebrang 1899–1949
1942
October
1944
Federal State of Croatia formed.
5   Vladimir Bakarić 1912–1983 October
1944

1969
Longest term in office.
During his term, in May 1952, the party changed its name from Communist Party of Croatia to League of Communists of Croatia.
6   Savka Dabčević-Kučar 1923–2009
1969
December
1971
7   Milka Planinc 1924–2010 14 December
1971
May
1982
Presidents of the Presidency of the Central Committee
8   Jure Bilić 1922–2006 May
1982
1 July
1983
9   Josip Vrhovec 1926–2006 1 July
1983
15 May
1984
10   Mika Špiljak 1916–2007 15 May
1984
May
1986
11   Stanko Stojčević 1929– May
1986
December
1989
12   Ivica Račan 1944–2007 13 December
1989
November
1990
Party dissolved and reformed into the
Social Democratic Party.

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