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Anton Vratuša
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Anton Vratuša (2009)
President of the Executive Council of Slovenia
In office
9 May 1978 – July 1980
Preceded by Andrej Marinc
Succeeded by Janez Zemljarič
Personal details
Born (1915-02-21)21 February 1915
Alsócsalogány, Austria-Hungary
(today Dolnji Slaveči, Slovenia)
Died 30 July 2017(2017-07-30) (aged 102)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nationality Slovene
Political party League of Communists of Yugoslavia
Alma mater University of Ljubljana
Civilian awards Order of Merits for the People (I rank)
Order of Brotherhood and Unity (II rank)
Military service
Allegiance Yugoslavia
Branch/service Yugoslav Partisans
Years of service 1941–1945
Commands Rab battalion
Battles/wars World War II in Yugoslavia
Military awards Order of the Partisan Star (II rank)
Commemorative Medal of the Partisans of 1941

Anton Vratuša (born Vratussa Antal; 21 February 1915 – 30 July 2017) was a Slovenian politician and diplomat who was Prime Minister of Slovenia from 1978 to 1980, and Yugoslavia's ambassador to the United Nations.


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Vratuša was born in Alsócsalogány, Austria-Hungary, today Dolnji Slaveči, Slovenia. His parents were Vratussa Antal and Anna Bokán. He passed the exam for becoming a teacher of stenography. He defended his Doctorate Thesis in the field of Slavistics at the Faculty of philosophy in Ljubljana in the year 1941.

After the outbreak of the World War II in Yugoslavia, Vratuša joined the Yugoslav Partisans, but was interned in the Italian concentration camps of Gonars, of Treviso, of Padova and of Rab from February 1942 to September 1943. After the concentration camp at Rab was liberated by the Partisans, Vratuša was named Deputy Commander of their Rab battalion, made up of camp survivors. He was also the head of the Yugoslav Partisans' delegation at the National Liberation Committee, the Italian Partisans' underground political entity during the German occupation of Italy in the last years of World War II.

After the war, he pursued an academic and diplomatic career. He was Chief of Staff to Edvard Kardelj (1953–65) and Yugoslavia's ambassador to the United Nations (1967–69). From April 1978 to July 1980, he was the Prime Minister of the Yugoslav Socialist Republic of Slovenia. He was also a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

He helped to found the International Center for Promotion of Enterprises, formerly known as the International Center for Public Enterprises in Developing Countries, and later served as the Honorary President of its Council.


Vratuša died on 30 July 2017 at the age of 102.

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