Czech Radio: Chief of General Staff Rehka offered to resign over disputes with defense minister

The Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army Karel Rehka is believed to have offered the prime minister his resignation last week, allegedly because of disagreements with Defense Minister Jana Černochová, Czech Radio reported citing several independent sources. Prime Minister Fiala not did not accept the resignation and persuaded his to remain in office, Czech Radio said. None of the parties involved have commented on the matter. Respekt, Novinky and Deník N carry similar reports, citing an escalation in what they say are long-standing disputes between Řehka and Defence Minister Jana Černochová over competences.