President Klaus names ombudsman nominees


Czech President Václav Klaus has nominated former South Bohemia regional governor Jan Zahradník and human rights activist John Bok to fill the vacant post of public ombudsman. The post has been vacant since May when previous incumbent Otakar Motejl died. The lower house of parliament failed to choose a replacement from the nominees put forward by the president and upper house, the Senate, in July. The nearest candidate was Czech Helsinki Committee chairman Anna Šabatová who fell short by seven votes. The Senate will announce its latest suggestions for the post on Wednesday with the lower house to make a second stab at choosing an ombudsman by September 7.