Czech crisis goes on as premier rejects minister replacement

15 Mai, 2017, 23:45 | Author: Marc Bacque
  • Czech PM Sobotka and Finance Minister Babis attend a parliamentary session in Prague

PRAGUE — Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka rejected a proposal for a new finance minister on Monday, prolonging a political crisis centering on the Republic's finance minister.

Sobotka asked President Milos Zeman to fire Finance Minister Andrej Babis, one of the country's richest people, over unexplained business dealings. Babis denies any wrongdoing but has said he would accept his sacking if there is an agreement on his replacement.

Babis said Friday that his ANO movement proposed his deputy, Alena Schillerova, who isn't affiliated with any political party, to replace him.

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"Tomorrow morning, before the government session, there will be a coalition meeting". Zeman suggested Sobotka should also resign alongside Babis.

This posed a problem in relation to the need to look into Babis's taxes, Sobotka said. ANO is favoured to win October's parliamentary election well ahead of Sobotka's leftist Social Democrats.

Schillerova worked in the finance ministry's tax department for many years and has been Babis's deputy since 2016.

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