Former Czechoslovak prime minister awarded presidential medal
President Václav Klaus awarded on Thursday a medal to former Czechoslovak prime minister Jan Stráský on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Mr Stráský, who served as the Czechoslovak federation’s last prime minister between 1992 and 1993, went on to become a minister in two successive governments headed by Mr. Klaus in the 1990s. After the ceremony at Prague Castle, Mr Stráský said he discussed the current political situation with President Klaus in connection with the recent corruption scandal at the Environment Ministry. Mr Stráský noted that there were still no clear and transparent rules for the financing of political parties in the Czech Republic.