Jiří Rusnok

Czech politician and economist, former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Governor of the Czech National Bank

Jiří Rusnok (born 16 October 1960) is a Czech politician and economist. He was the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from July 2013 to January 2014.[1][2]

Jiří Rusnok
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Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
In office
10 July 2013 – 29 January 2014
PresidentMiloš Zeman
DeputyJan Fischer
Martin Pecina
Preceded byPetr Nečas
Succeeded byBohuslav Sobotka
Minister of Industry and Trade
In office
15 July 2002 – 19 March 2003
Prime MinisterVladimír Špidla
Preceded byMiroslav Grégr
Succeeded byMilan Urban
Minister of Finance
In office
13 April 2001 – 15 July 2002
Prime MinisterMiloš Zeman
Preceded byPavel Mertlík
Succeeded byBohuslav Sobotka
Personal details
Born (1960-10-16) 16 October 1960 (age 62)
Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Political partyIndependent (2010–present)
Other political
Social Democratic Party (1998–2010)
Alma materUniversity of Economics, Prague

On 6 December 2013, he was recorded telling the defense minister that he "dreaded" going to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela. He later apologized.[3]

On 25 May 2016, President Miloš Zeman appointed Rusnok as 4th Governor of the Czech National Bank, succeeding Miroslav Singer.


  1. Willoughby, Ian (25 June 2013). "President Zeman appoints Rusnok as caretaker prime minister". Czech Radio. Retrieved 25 June 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. "Jiri Rusnok appointed as new Czech prime minister". BBC. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  3. "Czech prime minister 'dreading' Nelson Mandela funeral". Metro (British newspaper). 7 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.