Daily: Švejnar rejects possibility of cabinet post

The financial daily E15 has reported that a former candidate for the Czech presidency, Czech-American economist Jan Švejnar, has rejected the possibility of joining Mirek Topolánek’s centre-right government. The prime minister is looking to fill the post of deputy prime minister for the economy, newly-created to allow for the better coordination of crisis measures in response to the international economic downturn. Lidové noviny writes that the prime minister may also consider former Social Democrat finance minister Jiří Rusnok for the post. Mr Topolánek is expected to announce personnel changes in the cabinet ahead of the holidays. A number of sources have reported that the current ministers of health, transport, as well as minority rights, may go.

Author: Jan Velinger