Outgoing Czech president Klaus steadfast in going against the political tide

As final arrangements were made to move Václav Klaus out of the castle he’s called home for 10 years, a rich accompaniment of creative protests, public snubs and constitutional scandal provided the outgoing president a fitting farewell to his maverick political style.

Three days before the 71-year-old economist relinquished his post as the country’s figurative head of state to Miloš Zeman, a Senate majority charged him with high treason. Meanwhile, Petr Nečas, the prime minister and head of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) Klaus founded, conspicuously failed to attend his goodbye concert, and arty Praguers planned a series of visually stimulating street parties celebrating his departure.

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