Klaus nominates Zdeněk Koudelka to Constitutional Court

President Václav Klaus has asked the Senate to appoint Zdeněk Koudelka to the Constitutional Court. Koudelka, 42, is a former deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party and current director of the Kroměříž law academy. His successful approval in the Social Democrat dominated Senate is not a given, however, as he lacks the support of many within the party. Mr Koudelka is the president’s second nominee to the seat after the upper house rejected Jan Sváček in December on the grounds that he had been joined the Communist Party in 1989.