Sergej Kraigher

Sergej Kraigher (30 May 1914 – 17 January 2001) was a Yugoslav Communist politician from Slovenia who served as the President of the Presidency of Yugoslavia from 1981 to 1982.

Sergej Kraigher
Sergej Kraigher 1969.jpg
3rd President of the Presidency of Yugoslavia
In office
15 May 1981 – 15 May 1982
Prime MinisterVeselin Đuranović
Preceded byCvijetin Mijatović
Succeeded byPetar Stambolić
6th President of the People's Assembly of SR Slovenia
In office
1967–1973
Prime MinisterJanko Smole
Stane Kavčić
Andrej Marinc
Preceded byIvan Maček
Succeeded byTone Kropušek
9th President of the Presidency of SR Slovenia
In office
May 1974 – May 1979
Prime MinisterAndrej Marinc
Anton Vratuša
Preceded byMarjan Brecelj (as President of the People's Assembly of SR Slovenia)
Succeeded byViktor Avbelj
Personal details
Born(1914-05-30)30 May 1914
Adelsberg, Austria-Hungary
Died17 January 2001(2001-01-17) (aged 86)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
NationalityYugoslavia (Yugoslav)
Political partyLeague of Communists of Yugoslavia (SKJ)

Kraigher was born in Postojna, Austria-Hungary (now in Slovenia). His uncle, George (Jurij) Kraigher was a prominent american civil and war pilot; another uncle, Lojz Kraigher, was a prominent writer and left wing activist; his cousin, Boris Kraigher, also became an influential Communist politician. Sergej rose through the ranks of the Communist Party of Slovenia in the 1940s. He fought in the partisan resistance. He became chairman of the People's Assembly of Slovenia in 1967. He held that position until 1974, and then served as President of the Presidency of Slovenia from 1974 to 1979. Following the death of Edvard Kardelj, Kraigher became the Slovenian member of the collective presidency of Yugoslavia and served as 3rd President of Presidency Yugoslavia after death of Josip Broz Tito (1980), from 1981 to 1982. Kraigher is also known as the chairman of Kraigher Commission which was set up by the government of Yugoslavia to advise and give proposals in solving the Yugoslavian economic crisis which started to develop in the early to mid-1980s. The commission report was the basis of a reform package that was to be implemented by the Milka Planinc cabinet but it never happened.

He died in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cvijetin Mijatović
President of the Presidency of SFR Yugoslavia
15 May 1981–15 May 1982
Succeeded by
Petar Stambolić
Preceded by
Ivan Maček
President of the People's Assembly of SR Slovenia
1967 – 1974
Preceded by
Marjan Brecelj
as President of the People's Assembly of SR Slovenia
President of the Presidency of SR Slovenia
May 1974 – May 1979
Succeeded by
Viktor Avbelj