Czech president dismisses culture minister

Czech President Miloš Zeman has dismissed the country’s minister of culture, Antonín Staněk (pictured above), following a request from the prime minister, Andrej Babiš.

Early in May, Mr Babiš and the Social Democrats requested the removal Mr Staněk, whom they accused of being ineffective. At the same time, they asked to replace him with the Social Democrats’ pick Michal Šmarda. The delay led the Social Democrats to threaten to leave the government coalition.

President Zeman thanked Mr Staněk for his good work and for having unveiled corruption in the field of culture but has not so far agreed to make any new appointment, saying he would decide on Staněk’s successor in mid-August.

Photo: Antonín Staněk official Facebook page