Chovanec, Stropnicky say Czech President will make them ministers


22.01.2014 17:17

Prague - Czech Plzen Regional governor Milan Chovanec (Social Democrats, CSSD) and Martin Stropnicky (ANO) said after their separate meetings with President Milos Zeman today nothing indicates that Zeman would not want to appoint them interior and defence ministers, respectively.


Prezident Miloš Zeman zahájil 22. ledna rozhovory s kandidáty na členy budoucí vlády. Na snímku přichází Martin Stropnický nominovaný hnutím ANO na post ministra obrany. ČTK Vondrouš Roman

Zeman had previously objections to their becoming ministers in the centre-left coalition government of the CSSD, ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), which he said he will appoint by end-January.

Chovanec said he has no signals that Zeman would not make him minister.

He said he and Zeman spent no more than five minutes speaking of Zeman´s doubts about his studies at the Faculty of Law of West Bohemia University in Plzen, where he was granted a bachelor´s degree after nine months.

Chovanec said he brought to Zeman documents proving he studied the bachelor programme regularly at the faculty.

Zeman said he will study them, Chovanec added.

He said the current leadership of the university has confirmed that he was granted the degree in consistence with the rules.

The university was in the limelight a couple of years ago over suspiciously fast studies of some graduates.

Stropnicky said Zeman will appoint him defence minister, referring to their talks today.

Zeman previously doubted Stropnicky´s expert competence for the post.

Stropnicky said Zeman would like him to be foreign or culture minister, but that he praised his courage to head the Defence Ministry.

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