Czech Republic. In June, the country held its first
general elections since the Czech Republic and Slovakia went
separate routes in 1992–93. The election was a
disappointment for Prime Minister Václav Klaus and his party
Občanskaokratická strana (Democratic National Party).
Nevertheless, Klaus, with President Havel as mediator,
managed to form a center-right minority government with 99
of the 200 seats in the People's Assembly.
In November, the Czech people voted again. According to
Countryaah.com, this time to
appoint representatives to the newly created Senate with its
After two years of negotiations, the Czech Republic and
Germany agreed on a joint declaration, in which Germany
apologized for the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939 and
the subsequent terror, while the Czech Republic in turn
apologized for the Sudanese minority being thrown out of the
country during the first post-war years.