Cabinet reshuffle complete
The cabinet reshuffle, announced on Tuesday, brings to an end speculation over who will lead which ministries in the government’s final year-and-a-half. Despite criticism from the president and members of the opposition, Deputy Prime Minister Karolína Peake takes over as Defence Minister, while Zbyněk Stanjura, somewhat surprisingly, will serve as Minister of Transport.
“The Czech Republic will be the fourth country in NATO that currently has a female defence minister. I want to emphasise that it is nothing out of the ordinary.”
“Once the move is confirmed I will of course get down to business.”
The new transport minister, Zbyněk Stanjura, too, will have to get down to brass tacks very quickly, tackling problems at his ministry that needed
addressing “yesterday”. Problems to be dealt with include ironing out continuing glitches in the country’s on-line vehicle registration system, as well as, for example, dealing with the crisis at CD Cargo. He, like his newly-named colleagues, will have precious little time to get in the driver’s seat given the next election is only a year-and-a-half away. To further complicate matters is the fact that the Transport Ministry and that of Industry and Trade will merge as part of cost-saving measures.