Mrs Anna Dubcek, wife of the former Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek, left Istanbul on Tuesday (June 30) by air for Prague.
Mrs Anna Dubcek, wife of the former Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek, left Istanbul on Tuesday (June 30) by air for Prague. She was seen off at the airport by the staff of the Czechoslovak Embassy and their wives.
Mr. Dubcek, for four months the Ambassador to Turkey, left Istanbul on May 30. On his return to Czechoslovakia he was relieved of his diplomatic post and expelled from the Czechoslovak Communist Party.
In January 1968, Mr. Dubcek became First Secretary of the Party replacing Antonin Novotny. For seven months he presided over reformist measures -- freedom of the press, independent foreign policy, economic reforms and a relaxation of the Party's authority -- until Warsaw Pact troops intervened in August 1968.
Dr. Gustav Husak replaced Mr. Dubcek as Party leader in April 1969. Then step by step he was deprived of his posts on the Party Presidium and the Central Committee. In January this year he was named Ambassador to Turkey.
He was finally relieved of this post and his thirty-year membership of the Communist Party on June 26 after a meeting of the 144-man Central Committee.