Incoming government ministers come under fire

Two members of the incoming caretaker government of Prime Minister Jan Fischer have come under attack even before they have taken up office. The new Minister of Transport, Gustáv Slamečka, turns out to have Slovak citizenship. The main opposition party, the Social Democrats, says this could pose security problems. Meanwhile the new Minister of Culture Václav Riedlbauch has come under criticism for his active past in the pre-Velvet Revolution Communist Party. According to Thursday’s Lidové noviny, Riedlbauch tried to stop musicians heeding students’ pleas they take part in a protests against the Communist regime in November 1989 which eventually caused it to fall. He was an artistic director at the National Theatre at the time.

Author: Chris Johnstone