Human rights minister Kocáb to resign on Monday

Minister of Human Rights and Minorities Michael Kocáb has said he will resign on Monday. The Green Party, which nominated Mr Kocáb to the post, asked him to leave the cabinet earlier in the week to protest the appointment of agriculture minister Jakub Šebesta to the head of the environmental ministry. The party says that neither they nor the Civic Democrats were consulted on the appointment and decided to withdraw their support for the government and Mr Kocab, as their last nominee to the cabinet. Mr Kocáb first said he would stay on to try to rebuild support for the interim government, but the Green Party has insisted on his resignation. He says that Prime Minister Fischer has assured him that the government would continue in his agenda.