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Czech republic  |  November 07, 2012 12:17:27

PROFILE: Premysl Sobotka has to fight for the Castle support ODS


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - The original doctor by profession started his political career after the revolution, when he was a councilor in Liberec. Was elected to the Senate in 1996 and since then he has managed three more times (1998, 2004 and 2010).

From 2004 to 2010 he held the post of chairman of the upper chambers of parliament, from November 2010, the first Vice-President.

Born in 1944 in Mlada Boleslav, but since 1945 lived in Liberec. After studying medicine at Prague's Charles University, worked in a hospital in Liberec in the surgical department. On the day of the invasion of Warsaw Pact troops into Czechoslovakia 21st August 1968 he completed his first shift as a surgeon at the hospital, where the day brought more than 50 people injured in Liberec Square. Later he transferred to the X-ray department, from 1991 he worked as a senior consultant. In 1990 and 1996 he worked in hospital management.

Prior to 1989, was not a member of any political party, but the two years studied VUML, therefore Evening University of Marxism-Leninism. The reason it says that no, it was unable to grow professionally as a physician and considered it "acceptable alternative to membership in the Communist Party," which he refused. Since 1989, acts as an anti-Communist. During the November Revolution stood with a group of colleagues at the formation of the Civic Forum in Liberec, in 1991, he participated in the creation of Liberec ODS. Between 1990 and 1996 he served as a councilor in Liberec.

The public came in 2000, his conflict with Vaclav Klaus. ODS in 2000 and lost the election as the only Sobotka, although his Liberec ODS won the constituency, resigned from the executive board of ODS, which according to him, refused to seriously look at why the party lost the election. Vehemently rejected the abolition of the lustration law.In his opinion, in the event of cancellation has been threatened democracy and the country could once again dominate estébáci.

Two years ago, began to talk about him as a possible candidate for president in 2013. The candidacy if he agreed that since his party receives a strong mandate. Sobotka won in intra-party primaries over Eugene Tosenovsky and became the ODS candidate for the office of President.

His hobbies include sport. Before he entered politics, he played competitive volleyball and participated in alpine tourism.

Premysl Sobotka's twice married. From his first marriage with two daughters Vera and Martin, from his second marriage stepson Prokop. Radmila wife worked as a nurse.

Frantisek Buzek, buzek@mediafax.cz

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