Alena Hanáková appointed new Minister of Culture
President Václav Klaus has appointed MP Alena Hanáková the new culture minister. Ms Hanáková is a member of the Mayors and Independents Party which is associated with TOP 09 and was formerly the mayor of the Moravian town of Vizovice. Her main task in heading the Ministry of Culture will be completing the restitution of church property. She replaces fellow party member Jiří Besser, whose departure from the cabinet last week was compelled by the fact that he had failed to report property and business interests in the United States in his property statement.