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From December 1989 until July 1992, Dr. Václav Klaus was the first non-communist Finance Minister of the Czech Republic after 40 years of communist rule. As Prime Minister from 1992-1997, he implemented the difficult but necessary reforms that put his country on the road to a free-market economy. Influenced by the works of Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek, he guided his country through perhaps the most successful transition to democracy of any Central Eastern or European country. Born in Prague, he holds his doctorate in Economics from the University of Economics in Prague, where he still teaches. Dr. Klaus became the second President of the Czech Republic in 2003 and was re-elected in 2008.
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His Excellency Václav Klaus
President of the Czech Republic
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow