Head of government " trembles Mandela funeral "
Jiri Rusnok will soon look twice if his microphone is still on.
Prague - Embarrassing : Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok has expressed accidentally in front of cameras annoyed about the funeral of Nelson Mandela.
"Now is also the Mandela died," said Rusnok according to media reports on Friday at the Prague House of Representatives. " I tremble from having to go there . " What the politicians did not know : his microphone was not switched off and his words were broadcast live on television. The South African national hero Mandela is on 15 December will be buried in Qunu in the Eastern Cape , where he had grown up.
" I do not know , but that's one hell of a Distance " , Rusnok said in the TV coverage by matching reports of radio and the newspaper " Pravo " . He had been on the day obligations.
Nelson Mandela : stages of his life
The interim prime minister was the whole incident embarrassing. It should not have been right to express themselves so in connection with the death of Mandela , Rusnok sent a message over the weekend. This he was sorry . It is extremely difficult to bring the work program with unexpected events in line , the 53 -year-old explained. President Milos Zeman can not travel due to a knee injury.
Mandela had visited in 1992 the then President of Czechoslovakia and former political prisoner Vaclav Havel in Prague. He talked about the Czechoslovak People's particularly wishes to thank for their support in the fight against apartheid . Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and from 1994 to 1999, the first black president of South Africa.
Gauck represents Germany at funeral
Chancellor Angela Merkel ( CDU) will not come , according to a spokeswoman for the federal government. President Joachim Gauck is instead represented Germany .
Spain and Italy have canceled a bilateral summit because of the commemoration of Mandela. The Government of Mariano Rajoy and Enrico Letta want to travel on Tuesday to the central memorial service to Johannesburg , according to government sources in Madrid and Rome.
At the central funeral of Mandela numerous Heads of State and Government are expected from around the world . Course participants include President Joachim Gauck, U.S. President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the French head of state François Hollande . From Brazil come next to President Dilma Rousseff , the former head of state Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Fernando Henrique Cardoso , Fernando Collor and José Sarney .