Czech prime minister in hot water over inappropriate language
The Czech prime minister has never been one to mince his words. And his increasingly controversial statements and vulgar gestures have now got him in hot water. His behaviour has raised the ire of the opposition and most recently the Union of War Veterans. To top it all, a Prague lawyer is now pressing charges against him for promoting an extremist ideology.
"It was stupid and thoughtless - I am sorry I opened my mouth" he said later.
Public surveys suggest that the prime minister's behaviour is not going down well with the public. A poll conducted by the online server Novinky indicates that 70 percent of Czechs feel the prime minister overstepped the boundaries of good taste. His words are also grist to the mill of the opposition. Opposition leader Jiri Paroubek said on Wednesday that the prime minister should get a grip and apologize to the public. And recently a communist MP sent a letter to President Klaus asking him to talk to the prime minister about his inappropriate behaviour in the lower house, where he has been known to stick out his tongue and accuse MPs of having verbal diarrhea. "Someone should tell the prime minister he is not being funny" the head of the war veterans union said on Monday. Whether anyone will take up the suggestion remains to be seen.