Antonin Svehla

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Švehla, Antonín


Born Apr. 15, 1873, in Hostivař; died there Dec. 12, 1933. Czechoslovak state and political figure. Landowner.

A leader of the Agrarian Party, Švehla became chairman of the Central Committee of the party in 1909. Between 1916 and 1918 he was secretary and then deputy chairman of the National Committee, a group made up of representatives of seven bourgeois parties in Prague. Minister of internal affairs of the bourgeois Czechoslovak state from 1918 to 1920, he took part in the suppression of the December political strike of 1920. Švehla was prime minister for most of the period from 1922 to 1929.