Former PM Fischer to be new Czech finance minister

PRAGUE Mon Jul 8, 2013 5:55am EDT

Czech presidential candidate Jan Fischer answers questions from the media after the polling stations closed for the country's first ever direct presidential election, to replace outgoing president Vaclav Klaus, in Prague January 12, 2013. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Czech presidential candidate Jan Fischer answers questions from the media after the polling stations closed for the country's first ever direct presidential election, to replace outgoing president Vaclav Klaus, in Prague January 12, 2013.

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PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok has chosen economist Jan Fischer to be the new finance minister, Rusnok said on Monday.

Fischer, 62, was the central European country's caretaker prime minister in 2009-2010 and unsuccessfully ran in a presidential election in January this year.

(Reporting by Jason Hovet, editing by Jan Lopatka)

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