President Klaus appoints Jan Fischer prime minister
Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Thursday appointed Jan Fischer the country’s new prime minister, ending a period of uncertainty after the fall of Prime Minister Topolánek’s centre-right government late last month. Mr. Fisher will head a non-partisan caretaker administration which should take office on May 9th and lead the country until early elections in October.
“I see this as a public service. My role here will be time-limited and I expect to return to my former position when my work here is done.”
Even so, he will be expected to hit the ground running – especially where the country’s EU presidency is concerned. Although the outgoing Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek will still be in charge when Prague hosts an EU Eastern Partnership summit on May 7th, Mr. Fisher will be at the helm for the block’s next summit with China on May 20th – and he would naturally be expected to step in and mediate any unforeseen crisis, a big challenge even for seasoned politicians. Although Mr. Fischer reportedly knows the ropes and speaks four languages, the next few months are not going to be easy and he’ll very likely be counting the hours to the day when he’ll have done his public service duty and will be able to return to his lifelong passion: the safe and predictable world of numbers and statistics.