Czech Christian Democrat candidates for cabinet are not opposed

Předseda KDU-ČSL Pavel Bělobrádek odpovídá 20. prosince v Praze na otázky po jednání předsedů ČSSD, ANO a KDU-ČSL o rozdělení míst v koaliční vládě.

published: 22.12.2013, 15:12 | updated: 22.12.2013 15:16:50

Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) Bohuslav Sobotka was informed about the names of Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) candidates for the posts in the government and did not voice any objection, KDU-CSL leader Pavel Belobradek told the Prima commercial television station today.

Belobradek said he did not yet have any reaction from Andrej Babis, head of ANO movement, the third prospective coalition partner.

The CSSD, ANO and KDU-CSL are finishing their talks on the new government.

"I cannot see any reason for the nomination to be disputed. We have not disputed theirs either," Belobradek said.

"I would rather expect to learn the nomination from other parties for individual posts in the government later today," he added.

On Saturday, the Christian Democrat national committee agreed to receive the agriculture and culture ministry and the post of minister without portfolio that is to Belobradek.

He will be in charge of research and innovations. The post of culture minister is to be held by Daniel Herman, former director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (USTR), and that of agriculture minister by party deputy chairman Marian Jurecka.

Agricultural Chamber president Jan Veleba said he did not consider Jurecka any expert in agriculture as he had not attended any agrarian events and did not know his views.

Belobradek dismissed the criticism of the nominees.

"The fact that Veleba does not know someone does not mean that this is not any expert," Belobradek said.

Chairman of the ANO deputy group Jan Faltynek said the latest agriculture minister for the KDU-CSL Josef Lux had held the post in the 1990s. As a result, the party does not have experience with the office, he added.

"I do not think ANO movement has any experience with any office. If I applied the logic on it, it should not head any government office," Belobradek said.

ANO was only established by agro and media tycoon Andrej Babis in 2011. It surprisingly won 18.7 percent of the vote in the late-October regional election, which catapulted it to the position of the second strongest party in the Czech Republic.

Belobradek said the Social Democrats had not held the post of any minister for seven years.

After the 2006 general election, Social Democrats went into opposition.

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