Havel’s contribution to democracy to be acknowledged by law

The government has put to Parliament a draft law acknowledging Vaclav Havel’s contribution to freedom and democracy. The simply worded statement is expected to receive support both form the coalition parties and the opposition Social Democrats and should be approved in its first reading. A similar law was issued by the Czechoslovak parliament in 1930, recognising the contribution of President Tomas Garrigue Masaryk to the establishment of independent Czechoslovakia. A commemorative plaque acknowledging Masaryk's contribution can be seen next to the entrance to the Chamber of Deputies.