Former president Havel: real political change is yet to come


In an interview for Czech TV on Sunday, former Czech president Václav Havel said people would yet have to wait for a real political change to happen in the country. Mr Havel said people’s frustration with politics was manifested in last year’s general, Senate and local elections, as the gap between politics and the civic society in the Czech Republic was growing wider. However, the elections also showed that the political system was open, and provided opportunities for new groups and parties. The former president said he supported the reforms of the country’s pension and health care system, planned by the centre-right coalition government. Václav Havel also expressed the view that the country’s president should be elected directly, and that the Czech Republic should adopt the single European currency, euro.