Just five of 17 cabinet members accept invitation for farewell at Prague Castle

Only five of the 17 members of the outgoing cabinet of Petr Nečas paid a farewell visit to President Zeman at Prague Castle on Monday evening. Among those who failed to attend were all of the ministers from the TOP 09 party, while among those who did was Vlastimil Picek, who will hold on to the defence portfolio in the cabinet of Jiří Rusnok. Mr. Nečas’s government, which was due to rule until next spring, fell last month after his close aide was charged in connection with a spying and corruption scandal.

Author: Ian Willoughby