Rusnok and Picek to attend funeral

Outgoing prime minister Jiří Rusnok and defence minister Vlastimil Picek will represent the Czech Republic at the funeral ceremony of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon on Monday, according to the Czech government spokeswoman. Sharon died at the age of 85 at a Tel Aviv hospital on Saturday after being in a coma for the last eight years following a massive stroke. Sharon made his name in the military in a series of wars against Israel’s Arab neighbours, later becoming minister of defence, and prime minister.

Author: Chris Johnstone