Jan Hamáček

Jan Hamáček
MP
Hamacek Danko (cropped).jpg
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
18 February 2018 – 25 October 2021
Preceded by Milan Chovanec
Succeeded by TBA
First Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
Assumed office
27 June 2018
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
Preceded by Richard Brabec (2017)
Minister of the Interior
Assumed office
27 June 2018
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
Preceded by Lubomír Metnar
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Acting
In office
12 April 2021 – 21 April 2021
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
Preceded by Tomáš Petříček
Succeeded by Jakub Kulhánek
In office
27 June 2018 – 16 October 2018
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
Preceded by Martin Stropnický
Succeeded by Tomáš Petříček
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
27 November 2013 – 22 November 2017
Preceded by Miroslava Němcová
Succeeded by Radek Vondráček
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
3 June 2006
Personal details
Born (1978-11-04) 4 November 1978 (age 42)
Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
Political party Czech Social Democratic Party
Children Lukáš
Matyáš
Website hamacek.cz

Jan Hamáček (born 4 November 1978) is a Czech politician who has been Leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) since March 2018 and Minister of the Interior since June 2018. He also served as Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies from 2013 to 2017,[1] and was acting Minister of Foreign Affairs from June to October 2018 and from 12 to 21 April 2021. Hamáček has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies since 2006.

Political career

Prior to his election to parliament, Hamáček worked as an adviser to two Prime Ministers,[which?] and as his party's International Secretary.

Hamáček has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies since the 2006 elections. During his time in parliament, he has held the position of Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, headed the Czech delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and served on the Committee on European Affairs.[2]

Hamáček became the leader of ČSSD in March 2018. In Andrej Babis' Second Cabinet, sworn in in June 2018, he was named Minister of the Interior, and also served as acting Minister of Foreign Affairs from June to October 2018. Miroslav Poche was originally nominated to be the minister, but due to President Miloš Zeman's refusal to swear him in, Hamáček was made acting foreign minister until the situation could be resolved. On 16 October 2018, Tomáš Petříček was named the new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In August 2018, Hamáček helped negotiate the release of two workers from a German humanitarian group in Syria, and traveled to Damascus for the handover of the workers; the Czech Republic is the only country in Europe that maintains diplomatic relations with Syria.[3]

In 2021, Seznam Zprávy [cs] reported that Hamáček was considering negotiating with Russia not to disclose evidence of Russia's involvement in the 2014 Vrbětice ammunition warehouses explosions in exchange for 1 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine. Hamáček denied the accusation and said that he intended to sue the media outlet. The journalist, Janek Kroupa [cs], said that he had an audio recording.[4]

After the poor performance of the Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) in the 2021 Czech legislative election, in which the party failed to meet the 5% voting threshold, Hamáček resigned as leader of the party.[5]

Other activities

He is a Senior Network Member at the European Leadership Network (ELN).[6]

References

  1. ^ "Jan Hamacek". Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  2. ^ Jan Hamáček Aspen Institute Central Europe.
  3. ^ Hovet, Jason (11 August 2018). "Czech diplomats secure release of German NGO workers in Syria". Reuters.
  4. ^ Plevák, Ondřej (6 May 2021). "Czech Deputy PM files civil suit against article accusing him of Russia collusion". www.euractiv.com. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Končím, prohlásil Hamáček po propadu ČSSD ve volbách". iDNES.cz (in Czech). 2021-10-09. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  6. ^ "Senior Network". www.europeanleadershipnetwork.org. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
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Leader of the Social Democratic Party
2018–2021
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