Czech coalition officially presents candidates for ministers


06.01.2014 16:14

Prague - The Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) today disclosed a list of candidates for ministers in the planned coalition cabinet, which corresponds to the list of the names the media mentioned unofficially in the past days.


Zleva předseda ANO Andrej Babiš, předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka a předseda KDU-ČSL Pavel Bělobrádek 6. ledna v Praze na tiskové konferenci po podpisu koaliční smlouvy. ČTK Doležal Michal

CSSD chairman and probable new prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who led the government-forming talks in the past weeks, said President Milos Zeman should quickly appoint the prime minister in accordance with the constitution.

Zeman should respect the cabinet´s lineup proposed to him, Sobotka said, adding that the situation in the Chamber of Deputies is favourable for establishing a stable coalition government.

The CSSD, ANO and KDU-CSL together have 111 seats in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies.

Sobotka plans to submit the three-party coalition agreement, including the list of ministerial candidates, to Zeman. The time of their meeting is being set now, he said.

It has been speculated about that Zeman may have problem appointing some candidates.

He previously said he would not appoint actor and former diplomat Martin Stropnicky (ANO) as defence minister in view of his inexperience with the defence area.

ANO chairman Andrej Babis backed Stropnicky´s candidacy today. He said only one of the EU defence ministers has experience with military affairs.

"I think his [Stropnicky´s] knowledge of the relevant agenda is sufficient to enable him to cope with the [defence] sector," Babis added.

He also dismissed the criticism of environmentalists who are opposed to the nomination of Richard Brabec, head of the supervisory board of the Lovochemie chemical plant, for environment minister.

"I´m surprised a scenario depicting the misuse of the [ministerial] post by Mr Brabec is being outlined beforehand. We resolutely reject it," Babis said.

The CSSD, ANO and the KDU-CSL are to have eight, six and three seats in the 17-member cabinet, respectively.

Apart from Sobotka, the CSSD´s ministerial candidates are Lubomir Zaoralek (foreign affairs), Milan Chovanec (interior), Svatopluk Nemecek (health), Petr Krcal (labour and social affairs), Jan Mladek (industry and trade), Marcel Chladek (education) and Jiri Dienstbier (human rights and equal opportunities).

The ANO´s candidates are Babis (finance), Stropnicky (defence), Brabec (environment), Helena Valkova (justice), Vera Jourova (local development) and Antonin Prachar (transport).

The KDU-CSL has proposed Marian Jurecka (agriculture), Daniel Herman (culture) and Pavel Belobradek, KDU-CSL chairman who is to be a minister without portfolio responsible for science and innovations.

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