Zdeněk Hřib

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Zdeněk Hřib
Hřib in 2018
Mayor of Prague
Assumed office
15 November 2018
Preceded byAdriana Krnáčová
Member of the Prague City Assembly
Assumed office
6 October 2018
Personal details
Born (1981-05-21) 21 May 1981 (age 38)
Slavičín, Czech Republic
NationalityCzech
Political partyCzech Pirate Party
Alma materCharles University
OccupationManager, physician
Websitehttps://www.pirati.cz/lide/zdenek-hrib/

Zdeněk Hřib (born 21 May 1981) is a Czech manager and a Czech Pirate Party politician who has served as the Mayor of Prague since November 2018.[1]

Initially a physician, Hřib held managerial and consulting positions in state and corporate healthcare entities, dedicated to digitization and quality control of services. He ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 Prague municipal election, but assumed office following the 2018 municipal election, where the Pirates ranked second and formed a governing coalition with the third and fourth-ranked parties that holds 39 out of 65 seats in the Prague City Assembly.

Early life and career[edit]

Zdeněk Hřib was born on 21 May 1981 in Slavičín, near the city of Zlín in the south-east of the Czech Republic. He studied medicine at the Charles University in Prague and participated in a student exchange program in Taiwan.[2]

Subsequently, Hřib held managerial positions in the healthcare industry, focusing on digitization of healthcare services.[3] Since 2012, he has been the director and founder of a non-profit organization that provides quality control, efficiency assessment and consulting for healthcare providers as well as consumer protection for healthcare customers.[4]

In 2013, Hřib became a registered supporter of the Czech Pirate Party[5] and ran unsuccessfully in the 2014 Prague municipal election.[6]

Mayor of Prague (2018–present)[edit]

The Pirates ranked second in the 2018 Prague municipal election winning 13 out of 65 seats in the Prague City Assembly and formed a governing coalition with the third and fourth-ranked parties that holds 39 out of 65 seats. Hřib, as the leading Pirate candidate with 75,082 votes,[7] was elected the Mayor of Prague[1] on 15 November 2018 by the Prague City Assembly and took over the office from Adriana Krnáčová.[8]

In 2018, during a meeting with foreign diplomats in Prague, Hřib was asked by the Chinese ambassador to the Czech Republic to expel the ambassador of Taiwan, and Hřib refused to do so.[9] He has criticized the sister city agreement between Prague and Beijing for its references to the One-China principle.[10]

Hřib (left) at a 2018 press conference

On 17 January 2019, Hřib appealed to the city council to name a street in Prague in honor of Paweł Adamowicz, the former mayor of Gdańsk in Poland who was assassinated on 13 January 2019.[11] On 5 June 2019, the street in Riegrovy Sady park named after Adamowicz was officially inaugurated.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Primátorem Prahy bude Pirát Hřib. Další koaliční lídři jsou mimo radu (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ http://pirati-msk.cz/lide/zdenek-hrib/
  3. ^ Ministerstvo vnímá eRecept jako nástroj k šikaně lidí, říká jeho tvůrce a kandidát Pirátů na primátora Hřib (in Czech). Czech Radio. 4. 6. 2018.
  4. ^ Úplný výpis z rejstříku obecně prospěšných společností Institut pro aplikovaný výzkum, edukaci a řízení ve zdravotnictví, o.p.s., O 990 vedená u Městského soudu v Praze. Register of the Ministry of Justice (Czech Republic).
  5. ^ Pražským primátorem bude Pirát Hřib. Čižinský ani Pospíšil v radě nebudou (in Czech). Lidové noviny. 25.10.2018.
  6. ^ Volby do zastupitelstev obcí 2014. volby.cz.
  7. ^ Volby do zastupitelstev obcí 05.10. - 06.10.2018
  8. ^ "Zdeněk Hřib se stal primátorem Prahy. Opoziční ANO a ODS ho nepodpořily | Aktuálně.cz". Aktuálně.cz - Víte, co se právě děje (in Czech). Economia, a.s. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  9. ^ Hsu, Stacy (30 March 2019). "Prague mayor condemns treatment of diplomat". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  10. ^ Tait, Robert (3 July 2019). "Zdeněk Hřib: the Czech mayor who defied China". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Praga: burmistrz Zdeněk Hřib chce stworzyć ulicę im. Pawła Adamowicza". Onet Wiadomości (in Polish). 2019-01-17. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  12. ^ "Prague officially inaugurates street in honour of slain Polish mayor". Retrieved 2019-06-21.

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