Peter Colotka, Slovak academic, lawyer and politician, Died at 94

Peter Colotka was born on January 10, 1925, and died on April 212019; he was a Slovak academic, lawyer and politician. He was the prime minister of the Slovak Socialist Republic from 1969 to 1988.

Peter was born in Sedliacka Dubová, Dolný Kubín district, on 10 January 1925. He studied law at Comenius University in Bratislava and graduated in 1950.

Following the graduation, Peter joined the University of Bratislava and taught civil and family law. He was the president of the university from 1959 to 1963.

Peter served at the International Court of Justice at the Hague from 1963 to 1968. He became a professor of civil law in 1964.

He was a member of both the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and the Slovak Communist Party. He was, made deputy prime minister of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Peter was appointed the president of the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly in the meeting of the Czech communist party held on 16–17 January 1969, replacing Josef Smrkovský in the post. And Peter was a deputy at the Assembly from 1969 to 1989.

He became a member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party’s praesidium in April 1969 and of its central committee in May 1971.

Peter was elected to the Slovak Communist Party’s praesidium in May 1969 and to the central committee in May 1971.

He was elected Prime Minister of the Slovak Socialist Republic on 4 May 1969, replacing Stefan Sádovský in the post. Peter also served as deputy prime minister of Czechoslovakia from 1969 to 1988.

Peter retired from premiership on October 12, 1988, and was, replaced by Ivan Knotek in the post. Peter also left from the Czechoslovak Communist Party’s praesidium in October 1988.

He was elected a Czechoslovak ambassador to France in late 1988 and served in the post until 19 January 1990.

Peter Colotka passed away at the age of 94.