Czechoslovakia took another step away from its 1968 reforms on Sunday (21 December) when the Federal Assembly modified the nation's federalisation laws.
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Background: Czechoslovakia took another step away from its 1968 reforms on Sunday (21 December) when the Federal Assembly modified the nation's federalisation laws. The President of the Republic, Ludvik Svoboda, and the First Secretary of the Communist Party, Dr. Husak, were both present at the session, which took place in Pregue Castle.
The Federal Assembly voted to bring the fuel, power, metal, engineering, transport and communication industries back under Federal control. In addition, capital investment will be coordinated and controlled by the Federal government, rather than by the government of Slovakia, Bohemia and Moravia.
Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal said the changes had been proposed to further strengthen the Federation and to increase the responsibilities of officials. He also said that transferring the responsibility for regional decision-making back to Prague would end the shifting of blame by Prague officials onto their regional counterparts when mistakes were made.
The policy of decentralisation was part of the blueprint for the more liberal and democratic communist society envisaged by former party leader Alexander Dubcek.