Opposition leader says STAN party of “organized crime”

The opposition parties are calling for the resignation of STAN leader and Interior Minister Vít Rakušan in connection with a huge corruption scandal in which the party’s deputy chair Petr Gazdík is indirectly implicated. Although Mr. Gazdík announced his resignation from all posts, opposition leader Andrej Babiš has attacked the Mayors and Independents Party (STAN) saying it is a party of “organized crime” and its leader Vit Rakušan could not have been ignorant of what was going on and can now cover up these criminal activities from the position of interior minister. Tomio Okamura who heads the opposition Freedom and Independence Party said all STAN members should leave the cabinet. Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Sunday that he saw no reason for such a move.