Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Lubomír Zaorálek was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on 29 January 2014, following years in the position of the shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Social Democratic Party and a leading representative of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.
Lubomír Zaorálek was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on 6 September 1956. He graduated in philosophy from Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Brno.
Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2014, Lubomír Zaorálek was a leading figure in the Czech Parliament, in 2002 – 2006 being the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies and later the Deputy Chairman. In 1998 he was elected the Deputy Chair of the Czech Social Democratic Party and since 2002 he was the Party´s Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs.
In 1996, Lubomír Zaorálek was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic for the first time. Before he joined the Czech legislature, Lubomír Zaorálek served on the Ostrava City Council since 1990. He was elected on the ballot of the Civic Forum (Občanské fórum), being one of its founders and representatives appointed to the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly in January 1990. At that time he joined the staff of the Philosophy Department of the Ostrava University teaching political philosophy, current philosophy, ethics and Czech political thought of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prior to November 1989, Lubomír Zaorálek worked for the Czechoslovak Socialist Party after he had left his job at the Ostrava studio of the Czechoslovak Television.
Lubomír Zaorálek is divorced. He has three children Tamara, Ondřej and Michal. His interests include foreign languages, literature and theatre. He speaks English, German and Russian.