published: 04.01.2014, 13:36 | updated: 04.01.2014 13:42:48
Jihlava - The post of labour and social affairs minister in the nascent Czech centre-left coalition cabinet may go to Petr Krcal, a Social Democrat (CSSD) councillor of the Vysocina region, who told CTK today that probable PM Bohuslav Sobotka invited him for a meeting on Sunday.
Originally it was speculated that the post may be filled with Vladimir Spidla (CSSD), former prime minister and former EU commissioner who was labour minister in 1998-2002 already.
On Friday evening, Spidla told the media that he accepted Sobotka´s offer to head his team of advisers.
Earlier on Friday, Sobotka presented a list of ministerial candidates to President Milos Zeman. Neither of the two said whether Zeman voiced reservations about some candidates.
Some commentators, nevertheless, previously said Zeman might oppose the ministerial candidacy of those in the CSSD, including Spidla, who thwarted his election as president by parliament in 2003.
Sobotka, chairman of the election-winning CSSD, today repeated that the CSSD, the ANO movement and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) will present the joint cabinet´s lineup after signing the coalition pact on Monday.
"Until then I would not comment on speculations related to the possible proposed candidates for ministers," Sobotka told CTK.
Krcal said Sobotka will probably offer the ministerial post to him at their meeting on Sunday morning.
Krcal has been the Vysocina region´s councillor for social affairs since 2008.
He said if he became minister, he would pass the post on a CSSD colleague and only keep his seat in the Vysocina regional assembly.
The Vysocina region spreads in the southwest of Moravia and southeast of Bohemia.
The CSSD board approved the names of the party´s eight candidates for ministers on Friday when Sobotka met with most of them but would not confirm their candidacy officially.
The six candidates for ANO and three for the KDU-CSL have been known for some time.
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