President Vaclav Klaus has nominated family law expert and legislative council member Jiri Nykodym to become a judge at the country's constitutional court. The president's spokesman Petr Hajek said on Friday the president viewed Mr Nykodym as a person whose many years of legal experience would be a clear contribution. Whether he is actually appointed to the constitutional court will now depend on the Senate. In the past the Upper House turned down several Klaus candidates, including Vladimir Balas, Vaclav Pavlicek, and Klara Vesela-Samkova. At the same time, six Klaus nominees received appointments, among them former defence minister Miloslav Vyborny and former Civic Democrat senator Dagmar Lastovecka.
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