The chairman of the Communist Party, Miroslav Grebenicek, is going to step down at a meeting on October 1, a party source told the daily Pravo. Mr Grebenicek recently announced that he planned to resign, but has not made the details of his departure clear. So far the only candidate to replace him is the Communists' deputy chairman, Vojtech Filip.
Fugitive businessman Radovan Krejcir has Seychelles citizenship and cannot be deported from the country, a local official said on Wednesday. The statement followed reports in the Czech press that Mr Krejcir had used a false passport to enter the country and could therefore be expelled for breaking Seychelles law. Mr Krejcir is wanted in the Czech Republic on charges of fraud and plotting to kill a customs officer.
Czech boxer Lukas Konecny has won the WBO junior middleweight intercontinental title, knocking out Anderson Clayton of Brazil in the third round of their bout at Prague's T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday. The win means Konecny could compete for the European title in the spring, opening the way to a lucrative fight in the United States.
The Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, has opened a unique exhibition of Czech Gothic art from the 14th and 15th centuries at New York's prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art. The president, who is on a six-day working visit to the United States, also visited the city's Czech National Building, which is undergoing major reconstruction. He also held talks with New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
The prime minister, Jiri Paroubek, is the most popular politician in the country, suggests a poll taken earlier this month by the STEM agency. Some 54 percent of respondents said they regarded Mr Paroubek positively; that represents a fall of nine percent since before the summer, and his controversial backing of the police break-up of a techno music festival.
The lower house has passed a bill introducing a points system for driving offences, rejecting amendments proposed by the Senate. If the bill is signed by the president, drivers will lose their license if they acquire a certain number of punishment points. The Czech Republic has one of the worst rates of road deaths in Europe.
The Czech Industry and Trade Ministry has approved a loan of the Vera radar system to Pakistan. The Vera radar is a sophisticated device which can, for example, pick-up U.S. stealth aircraft without being detected itself. A spokesman for the ministry said the equipment was being loaned not sold. Earlier this year the Unites States showed interest in buying the radar system and the Czech Republic plans to put it at NATOs disposal next year.
Ex president Vaclav Havel and retired South African bishop Desmond Tutu have called for a UN initiative to bring reforms to military-ruled Burma or Myanmar. They say that the situation there is far more serious that in other countries where the Security Council had previously intervened, such as Afghanistan or Rwanda. Mr. Havel and Bishop Desmond Tutu commissioned a special report showing how far the situation in Burma had deteriorated under the present regime and they appealed to the Security Council for immediate multilateral action.
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