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At the end of last year, his position as Minister of Culture was terminated. Upon leaving the political scene after twenty-five years, he is returning to the academic sphere.
Lubomír Zaorálek, a native of Ostrava, studied philosophy and economics, and after graduating worked as a dramaturg at Czechoslovak Television in Ostrava. At the time of the Velvet Revolution he was one of the co-founders of the Civic Forum in Ostrava. In 1994, he joined the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) and two years later was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. From 2002-2006, he was the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, and from 2010-2013 he served as First Deputy Speaker of the Chamber and Shadow Foreign Minister for the ČSSD. In January 2014, he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs and served as Deputy Chairman of the ČSSD for several years. In August 2019, he was sworn in as Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, a position he held until December 2021. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Masaryk Democratic Academy, a think tank.