June 11, 1990 |
President Vaclav Havel's Civic Forum and its allied party in Slovakia were assured Sunday of winning a majority of seats in the Federal Assembly, running far ahead of the second-place Communists in Czechoslovakia's first free elections since 1946. A stunning 96% of the country's 11.2 million registered voters turned out for the election, by a wide margin the broadest public endorsement of democracy so far in any of the Eastern European nations that have held free elections.
June 10, 1990 |
Civic Forum, the pro-democracy group that rose from the streets to oust the Communists from power here last autumn, appeared on its way to a landslide victory Saturday in the first free elections in Czechoslovakia in 44 years. Early projections showed the umbrella organization of 11 parties and human rights movements racking up a 52% majority, which would assure it control of the federal Parliament. The Communists were running well back in third place with 10% of the vote.
April 25, 1990 |
In an unmistakable, if slightly unsettling, exhibition of the torrid velocity of political development in the Eastern Bloc, a Czechoslovakian campaign manager greeted Hollywood this week--right there in Jane Fonda's living room, at that most refined of California political functions: The chic fund-raiser.
December 7, 1989 |
Prime Minister Ladislav Adamec, warning that Czechoslovakia faces the danger of anarchy, said in a nationally televised address Wednesday that he will propose a new government today. He threatened to resign if the Communist Party and opposition forces do not accept his choices. "I cannot bear responsibility for the further development of the situation" if the government does not have "public confidence in the sincerity of our intentions," Adamec said.
December 1, 1989 |
Jaroslav Hutka just didn't fit in after the Prague Spring. Not that he was a political dissident, at least not at first. But the songs he wrote and sang were a bit unorthodox. And with his long hair and beard, he was different from the humorless men who took power in Czechoslovakia after the reform movement of 1968 was crushed. "It was clear to them that I was not one of them," he said Thursday over the kind of lunch that only a few weeks ago he thought he would never have again.
December 11, 1989 |
Few revolutionaries in history have managed to accomplish what the Czechoslovak opposition pulled off in just three weeks: topple an entrenched, repressive regime with nothing more violent than a firm shove. But as thousands gathered in the city's main Wenceslas Square on Sunday to hear Civic Forum leaders praise the glory of their success, an entirely new set of challenges loomed on the horizon.