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Lidové noviny: Klausová appointed as Czech Ambassador to Slovakia
13 Aug 2013 Flash News
The Czech government of Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok has already appointed Lívia Klausová, wife of former Czech President Václav Klaus, to the post of Czech Ambassador to Slovakia. The TASR newswire quoted the Czech news server Lidovky.cz as announcing this on Tuesday, August 13.
Earlier, it seemed that Klausová would have to wait for her reward for supporting current President Miloš Zeman in his campaign earlier this year. Rusnok said last week that without parliamentary support, his government would not appoint any more ambassadors, the website of the Lidové noviny daily reported. However, the government already decided on Klausová’s appointment on July 31, the website informed, adding that she is just a few formalities and Zeman’s signature away from taking up the post.
No member of the government was willing to officially comment on the cabinet meeting in which proposals for new ambassadors were approved. Lidovky.cz concluded that it appears that the former Czechoslovak astronaut, Vladimír Remek, could also become a Czech ambassador – to Russia.
Remek and especially Klausová were a bone of contention between two Czech presidential candidates, Zeman and Karel Schwarzenberg, the SITA newswire wrote. Schwarzenberg, who was then foreign affairs minister, refused to appoint Klausová to the position, citing incompetence. After Zeman dissolved the cabinet and appointed a new one led by Rusnok, Klausová – a Bratislava native – was in the running again for the post.
(Source: TASR, SITA)
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