20th century hero steps down

  • 2003-01-16
PRAGUECzech President Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright turned world statesman, is stepping down as president after over a decade of shepherding the transition in Eastern Europe from communism to democracy.The Czech Parliament will convene in Prague to choose a new president to succeed Havel, who has served the constitutionally maximum two terms in office, with his current five-year mandate expiring on Feb. 2.The hero of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that gave Czechoslovakia independence from Soviet rule, Havel became a moral figurehead for his country even if his political fortunes at ho...
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