Václav KlausVáclav Klaus (born 19 June, 1941) is the second President of the Czech Republic, former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and Professor of Finance at the Prague School of Economics.
He was employed in Institute of Economics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechoslovak State Bank and finally in Forecasting Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences during the 1970s and the 1980s.
Klaus became the Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia in 1992; after the division of Czechoslovakia in 1993 he remained in his post as a Prime Minister of the Czech Republic until 1997. His enthusiasm for the free market economy was well known and even often critized.
After more than 5 years spent in opposition, Klaus was appointed President of the Czech Republic on 28th February, 2003; he succeeded Václav Havel, who has been one of his greatest political opponents since the division of Czechoslovakia. The result of the presidential election was surprising for many.
Václav Klaus has still many objectors; usually they criticized him for his alleged arrogance. Despite this opinion, his backers claims that Klaus is one of the best sophisticated Czech politicians of recent decades.