Former Czech President Václav Havel was admitted to the Central Military Hospital in Prague on Tuesday due to a fresh bout of his chronic respiratory illness, his office said. A spokeswoman for the hospital said his condition is stable.
The health of the 74-year-old former anti-communist dissident and playwright suffered during the years he spent in jail in the 1980s for his opposition to Communist rule. Havel was also chain smoker until he had half of his right lung removed in 1996 due to a malignant tumor.
Havel’s office had said on Monday he would be recuperating at home, but following his hospitalization today said Havel has canceled all his scheduled meetings and appearances for the next two weeks — except for his planned attendance at the March 22 premiere of his directorial debut film, “Leaving.”
Based on his play of the same name first staged in 2008, “Leaving” tells the story of a former government leader of an unnamed country battling to avoid losing his home to a former deputy.
Havel was elected Czechoslovak president after the 1989 Velvet Revolution. After Czechoslovakia split into two countries in 1993, he became president of the Czech Republic. Since stepping down, Havel has actively supported human rights activists around the world.
— Compiled from newswire reports