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European Leaders aid in Cease-fire in Gaza
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (4th R) reaches out his hand to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd L) during their joint news conference with (from R-L) Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Olmert's residence in Jerusalem on January 18, 2009. As an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas comes into place, as the European leaders met in Egypt before heading to Jerusalem to shore up a durable agreement, allowing Gaza to begin the rebuilding process. (UPI Photo/Uriel Sinai/Pool)
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Mirek Topolánek (Czech pronunciation: ) (born 15 May 1956 in Vsetín, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is the former prime minister of the Czech Republic and President of the European Council. A member of the Civic Democratic Party, he has been chairman of the center-right party since November 2002, succeeding Václav Klaus, the current President of the Czech Republic.

On 24 March 2009, Topolánek announced his resignation, along with his Government, after it lost a no-confidence vote in the Czech Parliament. He remained in office until 8 May, at which point Jan Fischer took office as an independent Prime Minister leading an interim caretaker government.

Mirek Topolánek attended a military high school in Opava, where he became a Socialistic Union of Youth member which he claimed to be semi-obligatory for future officers. After finishing he studied at Brno University of Technology where he received an Ing. degree in mechanical engineering. In 1996 he won a scholarship for Training Course in Management of small and medium enterprise (MIM) in Cyprus and also attended a post-graduate Course in Corporate Management (Centre for Management Training, Čelákovice CZ).

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