praesidium :

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  • n  a permanent executive committee in socialist countries that has all the powers of some larger legislative body and that acts for it when it is not in session

  • To the convention's praesidium of 37 were elected, amid loud cheers, ten honorary world members, including Josef Stalin and George Dimitroff, fiery Bulgarian Communist tried for .

  • Vladimir Putin in BBC News
    On the same day, Mr Putin spoke to "an enlarged session of the Federal Security Service (FSB) praesidium" - a meeting of the top bosses of the secret police.

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