Babiš suggests he may not be part of new cabinet

Andrej Babiš, the head of the ANO movement that may enter a new coalition government with the Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats, said on Wednesday it is not a necessity for him to join the cabinet and that he would not apply for a screening certificate which President Miloš Zeman set as a condition for ministerial candidates. Mr Babiš told journalists that he wants to wait until a Slovak court decides on his exoneration claim in January. The Czechoslovak Communist secret police (the StB) kept a file on Mr Babiš, who they listed as a collaborator. Babiś, born and raised in Slovakia, has denied ever being an StB agent.

Author: Jan Velinger