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Bakarić helped organize Partisan resistance in Croatia during World War II. From 1948 to 1969 he was the chairman of the Croatian League of Communists, and as such was a close collaborator of President Josip Broz Tito. Even after stepping down from the top post in Croatian communist hierarchy, he retained much influence and was in fact considered to be the most influential Croatian politician.
Together with Edvard Kardelj he belonged to the more liberal wing of the Yugoslav political elite and was known for his statement on the need to "federate the federation" (federiranje federacije), a reference to the struggle between Yugoslav unitarists who advocated giving more powers to the central government and federalists who wanted to shift power to the republics. Still, Bakarić was usually extremely careful in his public pronouncements on policy and wary of radical statements.
| Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
December 1953 – December 1963
as Minister for Croatia
| Prime Minister of Croatia
14 April 1945 – December 1953
|Party political offices|
| Secretary of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Croatia
1948 – 1969
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