Havel cancels programme due to respiratory illness, expects to attend premiere

Mr Havel has cancelled his programme for the coming days due to a respiratory illness, but still plans to attend the premiere of his film “Leaving” on March 24. Respiratory illness is a high-risk problem for the 74-year-old former president; he underwent a lung operation in 1996 to remove a malignant tumour and has since been hospitalised on numerous occasions. “Leaving”, which is based on his play of the same name, is his directorial debut.