Presidential candidate Schwarzenberg releases health report

27-12-2012

The oldest among nine candidates for president, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, released a doctor’s report online on Thursday giving him a clean bill of health. The report, by Professor Milan Kvapil, head of the internal medicine clinic at Prague’s Motol Teaching Hospital, concluded the 75-year-old foreign minister’s health would allow him to meet all the demands of office. Some in the past criticised Mr Shwarzenberg for sometimes dozing during political meetings, which in turn fuelled speculation over his health. Of the nine candidates, five, including Schwarzenberg, are over 60 years of age; he is the only one over 70. The youngest candidates are senator and Social Democrat deputy chairman Jiří Dienstbier, 47, followed by Sovereignty Party chairwoman Jana Bobošíkova, who is 48.