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Vladimir Meciar is a former prime minister of Slovakia

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BirthdayJuly 26, 1942
NationalitySlovak
FamousPolitician, Leaders, Political Leaders, Prime Ministers
SpousesMargarita Mečiar
Known asVladimir Meciar
Universities
  • Comenius University in Bratislava
Birth PlaceZvolen
Political IdeologyPolitical party People's Party-Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (1991–present)
GenderMale
FatherA
MotherAnna Mečiarová
Sun SignLeo
Born inZvolen
Famous asPolitician

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Who is Vladimír Mečiar?

Vladimir Meciar is a former prime minister of Slovakia. He was responsible for negotiations with what is now the Czech Republic which resulted in Slovakia becoming an independent country. Despite being elected three times as the prime minister, in the past, today he is one of the country’s most disliked public figures. His rule has been connected with corruption, unemployment, economic stagnation, and authoritarian policies. He also agitated the tension between Slovakians and Hungarians by implementing policies such as forbidding the use of Hungarian language on official documents and removing Hungarian road signs. He attempted to censor the media and is even alleged to be behind the kidnapping of former Slovak president, Michal Kovac’s son. His opponents have associated him with terrible figures such as Judas and Pontius Pilate. Despite all of these faults he is credited with making Slovakia independent. After being arrested for kidnapping, and failing to win elections several years in a row he has since retired from politics

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Childhood & Early Life

Vladimir Meciar was born on July 26, 1942 in Zvolen, Czechoslovakia. He had a modest childhood with his father being a tailor and his mother a housewife. He had three younger brothers.

In 1959, he graduated from Comenius University in Bratislava. As a young adult he participated in several amateur boxing matches.

Career

In 1959, he became a clerk at the District National Committee for Ziar nad Hronom. It was at this time that he began his political career and pledged his allegiance to the Communist Party of Slovakia.

Between 1962 and 1968, he held several positions within the Slovakia Union of Youth with the Communist Party. One such position was chairman of the District Committee of the Czechoslovak Youth Union in Ziar.

In 1968 he openly proclaimed his support for Alexander Dubcek who campaigned for democratic reforms. Dubcek was ousted that year leaving Meciar very unpopular with the rest of the Communist Party.

In 1969 the Communist Party revoked his party membership, fired him from his position, and listed him as an enemy to their regime. He was forced out of politics for the time and lived under the radar for much of the next 20 years.

In 1970 he began working as a steel worker. At the same time he put himself though the School of Law of Comenius University.

In 1973, after law school he worked as a clerk and thereafter as lawyer for a law firm Skloobal. He worked here for the next fifteen years.

In 1989, he once again entered politics. Following Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall, he joined ‘Public Against Violence’, an anticommunist group.

In early 1990, he became deputy in House of Nations for Czechoslovak Federal Assembly. He was also appointed as Slovakia’s Minister of Interior and Environment.

In June 1990, elections were held and the Public Against Violence party won a clear victory. Meciar was elected Slovak prime minister.

In 1991, many more political parties began forming in the Czech Republic and Slovakia leading to his party splitting in two. In April, he lost his position as premier and was accused of collaboration with secret police while he was connected with the Communist Party.

In 1992, he formed the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia and again ran for prime minister. His campaign was successful and after elections he immediately began negotiations with the Czech Republic. When Slovakia became independent through these negotiations, he served as the country’s first head of government.

In March of 1994 the parliament and opposition parties unseated him as prime minister. However, in the elections held in October 1994, he was again elected for his third term as prime minister.

Following 1998 elections, Meciar couldn’t garner enough support and lost the prime ministership to Mikuláš Dzurinda.

He was one of the leading candidates for the first direct election of the president of Slovakia in 1999, but couldn’t win the elections,

He decided to give up on politics in 2000. He was arrested the same year and unfortunately for him his departure from politics was hailed by majority of the public opinion. He became Slovakia’s most disliked public figure.

Vladimir Meciar ran again for presidency in 2004 but once again he lost.

Major Works

In 1992, he led Slovak Republic in the negotiations with the Czech Republic. Eventually the two sides came to an agreement to create two independent states. This nonviolent division helped ease decades of discourse and it seems that the split actually gave both countries the confidence to work as partners in international development activities around the world.

Personal Life & Legacy

Vladimir Meciar is married to Margarita and together they have four children. His wife is a doctor.

Trivia

In 2000, Vladimir Meciar was arrested for kidnapping. Allegedly he ordered the kidnapping of the then-Slovak President, Michal Kovac’s son

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Vladimír Mečiar biography timelines

  • // 26th Jul 1942
    Vladimir Meciar was born on July 26, 1942 in Zvolen, Czechoslovakia. He had a modest childhood with his father being a tailor and his mother a housewife. He had three younger brothers.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, he graduated from Comenius University in Bratislava. As a young adult he participated in several amateur boxing matches.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, he became a clerk at the District National Committee for Ziar nad Hronom. It was at this time that he began his political career and pledged his allegiance to the Communist Party of Slovakia.
  • // 1962 To 1968
    Between 1962 and 1968, he held several positions within the Slovakia Union of Youth with the Communist Party. One such position was chairman of the District Committee of the Czechoslovak Youth Union in Ziar.
  • // 1968
    In 1968 he openly proclaimed his support for Alexander Dubcek who campaigned for democratic reforms. Dubcek was ousted that year leaving Meciar very unpopular with the rest of the Communist Party.
  • // 1969
    In 1969 the Communist Party revoked his party membership, fired him from his position, and listed him as an enemy to their regime. He was forced out of politics for the time and lived under the radar for much of the next 20 years.
  • // 1970
    In 1970 he began working as a steel worker. At the same time he put himself though the School of Law of Comenius University.
  • // 1973
    In 1973, after law school he worked as a clerk and thereafter as lawyer for a law firm Skloobal. He worked here for the next fifteen years.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he once again entered politics. Following Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall, he joined ‘Public Against Violence’, an anticommunist group.
  • // 1990
    In early 1990, he became deputy in House of Nations for Czechoslovak Federal Assembly. He was also appointed as Slovakia’s Minister of Interior and Environment.
  • // Jun 1990
    In June 1990, elections were held and the Public Against Violence party won a clear victory. Meciar was elected Slovak prime minister.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, many more political parties began forming in the Czech Republic and Slovakia leading to his party splitting in two. In April, he lost his position as premier and was accused of collaboration with secret police while he was connected with the Communist Party.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he formed the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia and again ran for prime minister. His campaign was successful and after elections he immediately began negotiations with the Czech Republic. When Slovakia became independent through these negotiations, he served as the country’s first head of government.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he led Slovak Republic in the negotiations with the Czech Republic. Eventually the two sides came to an agreement to create two independent states. This nonviolent division helped ease decades of discourse and it seems that the split actually gave both countries the confidence to work as partners in international development activities around the world.
  • // Oct 1994
    In March of 1994 the parliament and opposition parties unseated him as prime minister. However, in the elections held in October 1994, he was again elected for his third term as prime minister.
  • // 1998
    Following 1998 elections, Meciar couldn’t garner enough support and lost the prime ministership to Mikuláš Dzurinda.
  • // 1999
    He was one of the leading candidates for the first direct election of the president of Slovakia in 1999, but couldn’t win the elections,
  • // 2000
    He decided to give up on politics in 2000. He was arrested the same year and unfortunately for him his departure from politics was hailed by majority of the public opinion. He became Slovakia’s most disliked public figure.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, Vladimir Meciar was arrested for kidnapping. Allegedly he ordered the kidnapping of the then-Slovak President, Michal Kovac’s son
  • // 2004
    Vladimir Meciar ran again for presidency in 2004 but once again he lost.

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    Vladimír Mečiar's mother is Anna Mečiarová

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