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13 April 2024

Czech president sworn in for second term

By Agencies



Vaclav Klaus was sworn in Friday for his second term as Czech president on Friday, promising to strive for good relations with the rest of the world.

The eurosceptic Klaus, who also dismisses the threat of global warming, was re-elected by parliament on February 15, beating off a strong challenge from relatively unknown opponent Jan Svejnar, who was backed by the left.

Klaus, 66, a right-wing nationalist, can only serve two five-year terms under the constitution.

Klaus is a veteran of the political scene since becoming finance minister in 1989, serving as prime minister from 1992-1997, parliamentary speaker from 1998-2002 and president since 2003.

"We are in favour of cooperation within the European Union, strong transatlantic relations with the United States, good ties with our neighbours and active partnership with others powers and countries," he said at the swearing-in ceremony before both houses of parliament. (AFP)