Czech PM 'Dreads' Attending Mandela's Funeral

World | December 8, 2013, Sunday // 13:05|  views

Czech PM, Jiri Rusnok, photo EPA/BGNES

Czech Prime Minister, Jiri Rusnok, has shocked many by saying that he 'was dreading' having to go to Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Rusnok has mentioned the above during a private conversation with Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek in the Czech Parliament on Friday. The conversation was recorded without his knowledge and broadcast by the country's public TV news channel.

In it, when Picek reminded him that president Milos Zeman might be unable to fly to South Africa due to a knee injury, Rusnok has reacted with a vulgar term.

He has also complained that he had other plans – a lunch and a dinner – and that a South Africa trip would be too long.

"I apologize for those words. It was not right to use such terms in connection with the death of Nelson Mandela," Rusnok said in a statement in the aftermath.

Mandela passed away on Thursday at the age of 95 from a lung infection. His funeral will be held on December 15.

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Tags: Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek, private conversation, funeral, Nelson Mandela, Jiri Rusnok, Czech Prime Minister, South Africa, President Milos Zeman


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