Former finance minister Eduard Janota dies at 59

20-05-2011

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.