Czech hero Havel 'seriously ill'

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The former Czech President Vaclav Havel is in a serious but stable condition after undergoing surgery at a hospital in Prague.

The 72-year-old hero of the 1989 Velvet Revolution has had health problems for many years. He steered Czechs to democracy after the fall of communism.

He was elected Czechoslovakia's first post-communist president in 1989 and then became president of the Czech Republic formed in 1993.

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