Foreign Minister comments on recent corruption scandal
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has commented on the recent corruption scandal surrounding former Prague mayor and MP for the Civic Democrats Pavel Bém. On Thursday, he recommended that Prime Minister Petr Nečas, who is also a member of the Civic Democrats, “go to a monastery and repent for 40 days”. Mr Schwarzenberg has made it clear that as the leader of coalition partner TOP 09, it is not his responsibility to deal with problems within the senior coalition party. Pavel Bém suspended his membership on Monday, amidst mounting pressure following the publication of taped phone conversations between him and notorious Prague lobbyist Roman Janoušek, who is suspected of having had significant influence on the inner workings of Prague City Hall.