Czech Republic: philosopher to follow writer

  • 2003-03-06
PRAGUEPhilosophy professor Jan Sokol is the center-left ruling coalition's candidate to become Czech president and succeed Vaclav Havel, the man who symbolized Eastern Europe's transition to democracy. Like Havel, the relatively unknown Sokol is a 66-year-old former dissident.Political analyst Jiri Pehe, a former adviser to Havel, said Sokol would be a fitting choice because he had signed the 1970s Charter 77 manifesto proclaiming the struggle for democracy in the former Czechoslovakia."The new president must be a moral counterweight to the cynical party politics in the Czech Republic," Peh...
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