Lubomír Zaorálek

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Lubomír Zaorálek
Lubomír Zaorálek 2014 (cropped).jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
29 January 2014 – 13 December 2017
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka
Preceded by Jan Kohout
Succeeded by Martin Stropnický
4th Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
11 July 2002 – 14 August 2006
Preceded by Václav Klaus
Succeeded by Miloslav Vlček
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
1 June 1996
Personal details
Born (1956-09-06) 6 September 1956 (age 61)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Political party Socialist Party (1986–1989)
Civic Forum (1990–1991)
Civic Movement (1991–1994)
Social Democratic Party (1994–present)
Other political
National Front (1986–1989)
Alma mater Masaryk University

Lubomír Zaorálek (born 6 September 1956) is a Czech politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka from 2014 to 2017. He has been the Member of the Chamber of Deputies (MP) since 1996. Zaorálek unsuccessfully ran for the premiership in the 2017 election but his Social Democratic Party received only 7% of the vote.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 6 September 1956 in Ostrava,[1] and graduated from Jan Evangelista Purkyně University (today Masaryk University) in Brno in 1982.[2] He worked as a dramaturge at Czechoslovak Television in Ostrava.[3]

Political career[edit]

During the Velvet Revolution in November 1989 he participated in Civic Forum.[4]

Zaorálek was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1996 as a member of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD), becoming the party's vice chairman in 2009. From 2002 to 2006, he was the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.

He has been Minister of Foreign Affairs since 29 January 2014 in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. He is the 10th Minister of Foreign Affairs since the creation of the post in 1993.[5]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  2. ^ "CV of Lubomir Zaoralek" (in Czech). Pronet Media Ostrava. 2010. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Filmova databaze FDB" (in Czech). Filmová databáze s.r.o. ( Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "CSSD" (in Czech). Czech Social Democratic Party. January 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lubomír Zaorálek". Government of the Czech Republic. January 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Václav Klaus
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies
Succeeded by
Miloslav Vlček
Preceded by
Jan Kohout
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Martin Stropnický