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  • Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 9, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    The Parliament approved a New Constitution

    Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 9, 1948

    On 9 May, a new constitution was approved by parliament. Although it declared Czechoslovakia a "people's democracy" under the leadership of the KSČ, it was not a completely Communist document. However, it was close enough to the Soviet model that Beneš refused to sign it.




  • Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 30, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    The 30 May Elections

    Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 30, 1948

    At the 30 May elections, voters were presented with a single list from the National Front, which officially won 89.2% of the vote; within the National Front list, the Communists had an absolute majority of 214 seats (160 for the main party and 54 for the Slovak branch). This majority grew even larger when the Social Democrats merged with the Communists later in the year.




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