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Václav Klaus

Personal data
Date of birth19 June 1941(age 75)
Place of birthPrague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now Czech Republic)
Political partyIndependent (1991 2009 Civic Democratic Party)
SpouseLivia Mištinová
Children2 sons
Alma materUniversity of Economics, Prague
ProfessionEconomist
ReligionCzechoslovak Hussite Church
President of the Czech Republic
Assumed office7 March 2003
Prime ministerVladimír Špidla
Stanislav Gross
Jiří Paroubek
Mirek Topolánek
Jan Fischer
Petr Nečas
Preceded byVáclav Havel
Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic
In office17 July 1998 - 20 June 2002
Prime ministerMiloš Zeman
Succeeded byLubomír Zaorálek
Preceded byMiloš Zeman
Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
In office1 January 1993 - 17 December 1997
PresidentVáclav Havel
Succeeded byJosef Tošovský
Preceded byOffice created
In office2 July 1992 - 31 December 1992
PresidentVáclav Havel
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Preceded byPetr Pithart
Minister of Finance of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic
In office10 December 1989 - 2 July 1992
Prime ministerMarián Čalfa
Succeeded byJan Klak
Preceded byJan Stejskal

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Václav Klaus (-csˈvaːtslaf ˈklaus; born 19 June 1941 in Prague) is the second President of the Czech Republic (since 2003, reelected 2008) and a former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic (1992 1997).

An economist, he is co-founder of the Civic Democratic Party, the Czech Republic's largest center-right political party. Klaus is a eurosceptic, but he reluctantly endorsed the Lisbon treaty as president of his country. He has been called "the Margaret Thatcher of Central Europe".


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