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Former Czech leader Havel to be buried in Prague

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Former Czech leader Havel to be buried in Prague

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The state funeral of former Czech president Vaclav Havel will be held in Prague later on Friday.

Havel died at the age of 75 on Sunday.

The dissident playwright first became known internationally in the 1970s for his role in co-authoring the human rights manifesto Charter 77.

Havel was one of the leaders of the 1989 uprising against Communist rule and was later elected president of the then Czechoslovakia.

Havel’s funeral will be attended by several foreign dignitaries, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British premier David Cameron and German President Christian Wulff.

He will be laid to rest inside his family tomb, alongside his first wife, Olga.