Jilted wife barred from official events after failing to support PM over confidence vote
This is make or break week for Mirek Topolánek, who says he will step down as Civic Democrat chairman if his coalition fails a vote of confidence on Friday. But it is the prime minister's wife, Pavla Topolankova, who has been dominating the headlines in recent days. Though her husband is expecting a child with another woman, she pledged to stand by her man in public. But now she has been ordered to stay away from official events.
Since then it has emerged that Mr Topolanek is living with Ms Talmanova, who is pregnant. He publicly announced he had left his family and asked that their privacy be respected.
Pavla Topolankova made a conciliatory statement at the same event, saying she did not want a divorce and that she could forgive infidelity. But she also said she hoped her husband would lose next Friday's confidence vote; given his promise to step down it if fails, such an outcome could spell the end of his political career.
That seems to have been a step too far for her Mirek Topolanek's advisors. The Office of the Government has, she said on TV on Sunday, barred her from taking part in any official events or overseas trips with her husband.
Pavla Topolankova says she herself will decide where she appears in public. But she also seems resigned to her fate, saying she hoped to continue visiting children's hospitals and old folks' homes as the prime minister's wife. And, she said, the door remains open if her husband chooses to come home.