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Karolína Peake

Karolína Peake
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Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
In office
1 July 2011 – 10 July 2013
Prime MinisterPetr Nečas
Preceded byRadek John
Succeeded byMartin Pecina
Minister of Defence
In office
12 December 2012 – 20 December 2012
Prime MinisterPetr Nečas
Preceded byAlexandr Vondra
Succeeded byPetr Nečas
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
In office
3 November 2012 – 8 August 2013
Preceded byestablished
Succeeded byDagmar Navrátilová
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
29 May 2010 – 28 August 2013
Personal details
Born (1975-10-10) 10 October 1975 (age 43)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Civic Democratic Party (1997–98)
Public Affairs (2007–12)
LIDEM (2012–present)
Spouse(s)Charles Peake
Alma materCharles University

Karolína Peake (born 10 October 1975), née Kvačková, is a Czech politician and lawyer who she served as the Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2013. She was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the 2010 election, representing Public Affairs (VV), but left in April 2012 with seven other MPs.[1] The party she founded after breaking away from VV was named LIDEM, which means "for the people" in Czech, and is also based on the first letters of "Liberal Democrats".[2] She was appointed Minister of Defense in December 2012, but was dismissed by Prime Minister Petr Nečas eight days later, due to criticism of her rapid replacement of ministry deputies.[3]

She was a member of Civic Democratic Party between 1997 and 1998, during her studies at university. In 1999 she graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University and married Charles Peake, an Australian manager of Czech-Chinese origin. After this, she worked as a trainee lawyer in the Czech branch of Baker & McKenzie. She gave birth to her sons Sebastian, and Theodor, with whom she took five years parental leave. Thereafter, she began to be involved in local politics, including campaigns to save a local park and to extend local children's playgrounds. In 2006, she was elected to the town council of Prague 1 for Public Affairs.

Peake is a member of the Prague Society for International Cooperation, an NGO which aims to create connections between future leaders and public figures.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Wobbled, not toppled". The Economist. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Party around Czech deputy PM Peake to be called LIDEM". 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
  3. ^ "Czech defense minister fired after one week in post". 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  4. ^ []