Vlatko Pavletić

Vlatko Pavletić (pronounced [ʋlâtko pǎʋletit͡ɕ]; 2 December 1930 – 19 September 2007) was a Croatian politician, university professor, literary critic and essayist who served as acting President of Croatia from 1999 to 2000, as well as he had served as the 14th Speaker of the Croatian Parliament from 1995 to 2000.

Vlatko Pavletić
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President of Croatia
In office
10 December 1999 – 2 February 2000
Prime MinisterZlatko Mateša
Ivica Račan
Preceded byFranjo Tuđman (President)
Succeeded byZlatko Tomčić (Acting)
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
In office
28 October 1995 – 2 February 2000
Preceded byNedjeljko Mihanović
Succeeded byZlatko Tomčić
Personal details
Born(1930-12-02)2 December 1930
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died19 September 2007(2007-09-19) (aged 76)
Zagreb, Croatia
Political partyCroatian Democratic Union
Alma materUniversity of Zagreb
  • Politician
  • university professor
  • literary critic
  • essayist

Pavletić was born in Zagreb, then in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1955, he graduated from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy, where he majored in the Croatian language and literature. In 1972, he was imprisoned for a year and a half by the communist Yugoslav government as a Croatian nationalist for "attempting to destroy and change the state organization".[1] He earned a doctorate in 1975.

Between 1990 and 1992, Pavletić served as Minister of Education, Culture, Technology and Sports under prime ministers Stjepan Mesić, Josip Manolić, and Franjo Gregurić. In 1992, he was elected to the Croatian Parliament and was appointed Speaker of the Parliament on 28 November 1995. He held the post until 2000.

When president Franjo Tuđman was declared incapacitated on 26 November 1999, he automatically became acting President of Croatia. He held this office from Tuđman's death on 10 December 1999 until the Croatian Parliament elected Zlatko Tomčić as the new Speaker (and thus the new acting president) on 2 February 2000.

In 2004, Pavletić retired from politics. He died in Zagreb from pancreatic cancer on 19 September 2007.


  1. ^ Marijana Zrinjski (19 September 2007). "Vlatko Pavletić umro u 77. godini života" [Vlatko Pavletić dead at 77 years of age] (in Croatian). Nacional (weekly). Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
Political offices
New title 00Minister of Education, Culture and Sports00
Succeeded by
Vesna Girardi-Jurkić
Preceded by
Nedjeljko Mihanović
Speaker of the Croatian Parliament
Succeeded by
Zlatko Tomčić
Preceded by
Franjo Tuđman
as president
Acting President of Croatia
Academic offices
Preceded by
Enes Midžić
00Dean of the Academy of Dramatic Art00
Succeeded by
Enes Midžić

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