News agency: PM turns down meeting request
In related news, former mayor and Civic Democrat MP Pavel Bém reportedly asked for a meeting with Prime Minister Petr Nečas next week and was refused, the Czech news agency, ČTK, said. According to the press agency, Mr Bém wanted to discuss his support for the government. The prime minister, though, declined the meeting by saying he had already spoken to the ex-mayor on Monday, adding there was little more to discuss. Mr Bém, once considered the “crown prince” of the Civic Democratic Party, as well as a long-time protégé of its founder, President Václav Klaus, was earlier called on by the prime minister to give up his mandate in the Chamber of Deputies, which Mr Bém has refused to do.