published: 17.01.2013, 10:47 | updated: 17.01.2013 10:52:52
Prague - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) and his wife Radka have not been living together for several months and they have been facing a hard time in their marriage, they said in a joint statement sent to CTK today.
Media have been speculating about a crisis of Necas´s marriage for a few weeks.
Necas excused himself from a New Year luncheon that the presidential couple traditionally hosts for the prime minister and his wife. According to unofficial information, the reasons were not political but personal.
Last weekend, Necas did not cast his vote in the first round of the presidential election in Roznov pod Radhostem, which he usually does, but in Prague. His family lives in Roznov, near the Slovak border and over 300 kilometres from the capital city.
Necas and his wife said they do not know whether they would divorce or not.
"We have been unable to harmonise our ideas of family life and work for a long time, although we both tried hard. We do not know how exactly we are going to deal with the situation," they write in their official statement.
Petr Necas and Radka Necasova also say neither of them has a new partner.
Czech tabloid dailies wrote about Necas´s close relationship to the head of his office, 47-year old Jana Nagyova, who allegedly plays a major role in various backstage political deals.
Necas, 48, married Radka during his studies at the Masaryk University in Brno in the 1980s. They have two sons and two daughters, aged 25, 22, 17 and 10.
The prime minister´s wife and children always tried to avoid media interest as much as possible. Radka Necasova has attended public events along with her husband only seldom.
Necas, ODS leader, has been dubbed Mr Clean as he has not been involved in any political or other scandal.
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