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The Removal of Khrushchev

Khrushchev's programme of de-Stalinization was opposed from the start by senior Party leaders whose careers had been built as Stalin's loyal servitors. By 1964 they had had enough of him. His reforms had weakened the positions of the regional Party secretaries by dividing their responsibilities for economic management and by requiring that at least one quarter of the Central Committee, where they exercised their influence and patronage, be renewed at every election. Khrushchev's erratic leadership, his meddling in affairs where he lacked expertise, and his failure in Cuba lost him the support of Party colleagues who wanted a more stable and collective style of government. Khrushchev was voted out of office in October 1964.

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