Zeman's objections to ministers no obstacle - Social Democrats


10.01.2014 11:30

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman's objections to the candidates for ministers are not fateful, Lubomir Zaoralek (Social Democrats, CSSD), proposed foreign minister in the nascent coalition government, said after the party board discussed them today.


V Ostravě začal 15. března dvoudenní volební sjezd ČSSD. Na snímku je Lubomír Zaorálek při vystoupení. ČTK Ožana Jaroslav

Zaoralek said the coalition would insist on its candidates.

The board also dealt with the preparations for the assuming of government responsibility, Zaoralek said, adding that the government might draft its policy statement within two weeks of its naming.

After dragging his feet for several weeks, Zeman announced on Thursday that he would name the government composed of the CSSD, billionaire Andrej Babis's ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

Zaoralek, Marian Jurecka (KDU-CSL, candidate for agriculture minister), Martin Stropnicky (ANO, candidate for defence minister), and Jiri Dienstbier (CSSD, candidate for human rights minister) are repeatedly mentioned as those to whom Zeman has objections.

Zeman is not allegedly sure that the proposed candidates are big enough professionals in the respective fields.

Sobotka has disclosed Zeman's objections to the individual candidates, proposed education minister Marcel Chladek (CSSD) said.

Chladek said he had not been among those Sobotka had invited to discuss Zeman's objections.

Zaoralek said none of the objections that had been voiced were of major importance.

"So far, we have not heard any reservations and nothing seems to be coming that would make us and our coalition partners reassess it (the proposed government lineup," Zaoralek said.

"I really cannot imagine any substantial reservations about me, although the president has the right to think anything about any of the candidates for the government," Dienstbier said.

Zeman will disclose his objections officially at a press conference scheduled for 13:00 CET today.

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