The funeral service for former Social Democrat (ČSSD) prime minister Stanislav Gross was held at Prague’s Vyšehrad church on Wednesday morning. The ceremony was attended by current premier Bohuslav Sobotka, foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek, and interior minister Milan Chovanec and other top members of the party from Gross’ time in power. Gross died last week at the age of 45, apparently from the effects of a paralysing nerve condition. He became prime minister in 2004 at the age of 34 but was forced to resign in the following year after a scandal over how he paid for a Prague flat. He later regreted his series of lies and half truths and said that he should have admitted that the flat was bought from his expenses as a member of parliament.
The funeral for former prime minister Stanislav Gross, who died this week at the age of 45, will be held on Wednesday, April 22, his widow and family have confirmed. A private ceremony will take place at the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul at Vyšehrad for family and friends, but members of the public will be able to pay their last respects between 8:30 and 10 AM. Mr Gross served as interior minister before taking up the post of PM, which he held for less than a year. At 34, he was the Czech Republic's youngest-ever premier but was forced to step down after failing to explain how he had financed a 4.2 million crown apartment. He later worked as a lawyer; it was reported that Mr Gross had been suffering from ALS.
Stanislav Gross, who became the Czech Republic’s youngest prime minister aged just 34-years-old, has died following a short battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mr. Gross served as Prime Minister for a mere nine months from 2004-2005. Once viewed as the “golden boy” of Czech politics, Gross’s tenure was marred by a scandal surrounding how the PM had managed to finance a 4.2 million crown apartment in Prague. Gross was forced to resign and subsequently quit politics altogether, and instead began practicing law. Largely absent from public life
A number of Czech politicians have paid their condolences to the family of former prime minister Stanislav Gross, who has died at the age of 45. President Miloš Zeman, who was at one time a mentor to Mr. Gross, expressed sympathy with his nearest and dearest. Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka described Mr. Gross as a distinctive figure in national politics and said he would reflect on all they had been through together in the Social Democrats. The party’s Zdeněk Škromach said he had been taken aback by the news of Mr. Gross’s passing and hoped he would find peace in “political heaven”. The chairman of the Christian Democrats Pavel Bělobrádek and Communist Party deputy leader Jíří Dolejš were also among those to pay their condolences.
The former Czech prime minister Stanislav Gross has died at the age of 45. The one-time leader of the Social Democrats had reportedly been suffering for some time from the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In 2003 Mr. Gross became the youngest prime minister in Europe at the age of 34. However, he was forced to quit the post within a year when questions were raised about how he had funded his apartment. He later left politics and worked as a lawyer.
The former prime minister Stanislav Gross who is seriously ill and is reported to be suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis believes he was poisoned, the ctk news agency reports. According to his lawyer and close friend, Miroslav Jansta, Mr. Gross had samples of his hair analysed to prove his suspicion. The hair sample tests, done two years ago after doctors confirmed the fatal diagnosis, reportedly uncovered an unusually high content of heavy metals that may damage the nervous system. Doctors, nevertheless, consider his theory improbable. Neurologist Tomas Sindler told the news agency that he did not know of any case where AIS had developed in reaction to external poisoning.
The health of former Czech prime minister Stanislav Gross has deteriorated, TV Nova said on Wednesday. Mr. Gross, 45, is reported to have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which leads to the wasting of the muscles and paralysis. His former Social Democrat party colleague Zdeněk Škromach told Nova that Mr. Gross was no longer accepting visitors at his home. Mr. Gross became the youngest prime minister in Europe in 2003. However, he was forced to quit the post within a year when questions were raised about he had funded his apartment.
Once Europe’s youngest leader, Stanislav Gross quit politics over a financial scandal before becoming mega rich through a shares deal. No longer in the public eye, he recently surprised many by saying he had “accepted Jesus” and apologising for disappointing the electorate. Now the Czech president says that if Mr. Gross has indeed found religion he ought to give his fortune to the poor.
President Miloš Zeman says that if former prime minister Stanislav Gross has found religion, he should give away his fortune. Mr. Gross recently said that he had accepted Christ and apologised to those he had disappointed. Speaking in a radio interview on Wednesday, Mr. Zeman said if he had genuinely become religious he should pay heed to Jesus’s instruction to a rich young man to sell his property, give to the poor and follow him. The president said this was unlikely to happen. Mr. Gross was once Europe’s youngest prime minister but quit politics after questions arose over how he had financed his flat. He later became extremely wealthy through the sale of shares.
Former Communist leader Miroslav Grebeníček has been placed ninth on the party’s list of candidates in the South Moravia region, the news website Novinky.cz reported. The low placing means he will have little hope of winning re-election to the Chamber of Deputies at the next elections. Delegates at the meeting said the move resulted from a wish to rejuvenate the party. However, Mr. Grebeníček, who is 66, said he did not wish to stand in any case. Regarded as a hardliner, he was chairman of the Communist Party from 1993 until 2005. He has held a seat in the lower house since 1996.