Dobeš reiterates support for John

Deputy chairman of the Public Affairs party and Education Minister Josef Dobeš has reiterated his support for party chairman Radek John, after telling the press on Friday that he did not believe the party’s chairman should also be a minister. The comments caused many in the media to speculate that Mr John may be close to stepping down from the chairmanship, particularly as his only response was to say that the party could expect “radical changes” from its December conference. Mr Dobeš emphasised on Saturday that he had no intention of seeking the chair himself.