Petr Fiala

Petr Fiala (born 1 September 1964) is a Czech politician, political scientist and university professor who has been leader of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) since 2014. He has served as a member of the Chamber of Deputies since 2013. From 2012 to 2013 Fiala was Minister of Education, Youth and Sports in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Petr Nečas.

Petr Fiala

Leader of the Civic Democratic Party
Assumed office
18 January 2014
Preceded byPetr Nečas
Minister of Education, Youth and Sports
In office
2 May 2012  10 July 2013
Prime MinisterPetr Nečas
Preceded byJosef Dobeš
Succeeded byDalibor Štys
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
26 October 2013
Personal details
Born (1964-09-01) 1 September 1964 (age 56)
Brno, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Political partyODS (2013-present)
Alma materMasaryk University
Charles University in Prague

Life and career

Born in Brno, Fiala attended the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University before working as a historian. In 1996, he became docent at Charles University in Prague, and in 2002 was named as a first professor of political science in the Czech Republic.[citation needed][clarification needed] In 2004, he became dean at the Faculty of Social Studies and in the same year was elected as Rector of Masaryk University, remaining in the position until 2011.

In September 2011, he served as a chief aide for science to Prime Minister Petr Nečas, and on 2 May 2012 was appointed as Minister of Education, Youth and Sports in Nečas' government, remaining in that post until Nečas resigned in 2013.

In the October 2013 legislative election, Fiala was elected as an independent to the Chamber of Deputies. The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) was defeated in the election, and Fiala joined the party in November 2013.[1] In 2014, Fiala announced his candidacy for the leadership of ODS, and on 18 January 2014, he was elected as the party's fourth leader. He was re-elected as party leader in 2016.

Fiala led ODS into the 2017 legislative election, in which the party finished second with 11% of the vote. Fiala refused to negotiate with ANO 2011 about the party joining the subsequent government, and ODS remained in opposition.[2]