General SecretaryGeneral Secretary
the head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
(plural General Secretaries)
- The office of General Secretary (First Secretary) is staffed by the chief officer (sometimes also the leader).
- The official title of the leader of most Communist and Socialist political parties is the "General Secretary of the Central Committee" or "First Secretary of the Central Committee".
- When a Communist party is in power, the General Secretary is usually the country's de facto leader (though sometimes this leader also holds state-level positions to monopolize power, such as a presidency or premiership in order to constitute de jure leadership of the state).