Fischer, Jan (Czech Republic)

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Jan Fischer took over as prime minister on 8 May 2009. His appointment followed the collapse of Mirek Topolánek’s government in March 2009. Fischer, the head of the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ), was approved for the role by the three centre-right governing coalition parties and the senior opposition, the Social Democrats.

Early Life

Fischer was born in Prague in Jan. 1951 into a family of professional mathematicians. Following his parents into statistical analysis, Fischer specialized in statistics and econometrics during his undergraduate study at Prague’s University of Economics. He completed postgraduate studies in economic statistics at the same university in 1985. Fischer was a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia from 1980–89. He has said that he became a member of the party only to ensure that he would not be obstructed in his career.

Having begun work at Czechoslovakia’s central statistical office upon graduation, Fischer was appointed vice-president...

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