Fiala, Peter

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October 17, 2021

Petr Fiala (Czech Petr Fiala; born September 1, 1964, Brno, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech politician, political scientist and teacher. In October 2013, in early parliamentary elections, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. He joined ODS in November 2013. At the party convention on January 18, 2014, he was elected chairman of the ODS. After the parliamentary elections in 2017, he became vice-chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament. Between May 2012 and July 2013, he was Minister of Education, Youth and Physical Education in the government of Petr Nečas. In the academic community, he is known as the former rector and vice-rector of Masaryk University in Brno. He is the chairman of the board of the Right Bank analytical center, whose goal is to create an ideological basis for the right-wing liberal-conservative policy. Between 2007 and 2012, he was a member of the board of ÚSTR.

Biography

Born into a traditional Moravian bourgeois family. His grandfather František Fiala was a lawyer who, during the First Republic, worked as the chief political adviser in the hetmanships of Ostrava, Hodonin (district) and Olomouc, later worked as a state councilor in Brno. Frantiska's grandmother on her father's side was Jewish, and her entire family was killed in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust. Peter's father and uncle Fiala escaped death because they were only a quarter Jewish. After the war, Fiala's father joined the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, but left it in 1956, after the events in Hungary. Zdenka's mother worked as an employee and later retired on a disability pension due to cancer. Fiala received his education in history and philology at Masaryk University, was a museum worker, since 1984 he has been involved in dissident activities, since 2002 he was a professor of political science, the first in the Czech Republic. In 1992 he started a family with Yana Fialova, whom he met during the Velvet Revolution. Three children were born in the marriage.

Political activities

In October 2013, in early parliamentary elections, he was the leader of the ODS on the list of candidates in the South Moravian Region. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament, receiving 11,372 preferential votes. At the XXIV Party Congress,

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