Former finance minister Eduard Janota dies at 59


Former finance minister and leading Czech economist Eduard Janota has died at the age of 59. Mr. Janota allegedly died of heart failure while playing tennis. As a highly respected, non-partisan civil servant he was in charge of drafting several state budgets for both centre-right and centre-left governments. After the fall of the Topolánek government in 2009 he served as finance minister in the caretaker cabinet of prime minister Jan Fischer.