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The state was renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and was divided into new administrative divisions, called banovine (singular banovina). This decision was made following a proposal by the British ambassador to better decentralize the country, modeled on Czechoslovakia.
Continuing his efforts to unify his subjects, Alexander outlawed all political parties based on ethnic, religious, or regional distinctions, reorganized the state administratively, and standardized legal systems, school curricula, and national holidays.
On 20 April, the Croatian fascist Usta?e and Macedonian secessionist IMRO called for the independence of Croatia and Macedonia. On 25 April, ?uro ?akovi?, a prominent unionist and the first secretary of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, was killed by Yugoslav policemen at the Yugoslav-Austrian border, Slovenia, after four days of torture and interrogation in a Zagreb police station. On 22 December, Croatian leader Vladko Ma?ek was arrested.
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