Zeman: Institute should be headed by historian

17-04-2013

President Miloš Zeman says the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes should be headed by a historian. In an interview for Wednesday’s Právo, Mr. Zeman said that neither the former director, Daniel Hermann, nor the acting director, Pavlina Foglova, were qualified to lead the institution, which administers secret police files and other documents from the communist era. Last week, the Institute’s Council, which is dominated by members appointed by the Social Democrat-controlled Senate, dismissed Mr. Hermann, sparking a political row and raising questions over the institution’s future.