Funeral of revolution leader Komárek held in Prague

The funeral has taken place in Prague of Valtr Komárek, who was one of the leaders of the Velvet Revolution and briefly served as deputy leader of Czechoslovakia’s first post-Communist government. Speaking at a memorial service for the left-wing politician and economist, who died last week at the age of 82, President Miloš Zeman said no party should abuse his name in order to promote themselves. Mr. Zeman said that while Mr. Komárek had been honorary chair of the Social Democrats, he had maintained his own views. The president was himself head of the Social Democrats and has mixed relations with its leaders today.

Author: Ian Willoughby