Former trade and industry minister Vladimír Dlouhý has been elected president of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, the ctk news agency reports. He replaces Petr Kužel, who did not defend the post for family reasons. Dlouhý was industry and trade minister in the years between 1992 and 1997 under then prime minister Václav Klaus. After leaving high politics he served as advisor to Goldman Sachs in Central and Eastern Europe. In June of 2012 Dlouhý announced his candidacy for the 2013 presidential election but failed to collect enough signatures in support of his campaign.