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Alexander Dubcek, leader of the ill-fated 1968 Prague Spring democratic reform, is recovering from serious injuries suffered in a car crash three days ago, the official news agency CSTK said Friday.

"Mr. Dubcek's post-surgery condition remains without complications and his general condition has slightly improved," CSTK quoted a parliament press office statement as saying.Dubcek, 70, became parliament chairman after the 1989 "velvet revolution" in Czechoslovakia. He had lived in political seclusion since his reform was crushed by Soviet tanks in August 1968.

Dubcek suffered serious chest and spinal injuries on Tuesday when his chauffeur-driven BMW crashed in heavy rain on a highway 60 miles southeast of Prague.

He underwent a three-hour operation Wednesday.