Paroubek says he would reinstall dismissed intelligence head

Social Democrat chairman Jiri Paroubek said on Thursday that he would reinstall Karel Randak in the post of civil intelligence service director, from which he was dismissed by the Civic Democrat government on Wednesday, if he was to become prime minister again. The Civic Democrat minority government replaced Mr Randak with the director of the civil counter-intelligence service (BIS) Jiri Lang and said that the reason for Mr Randak's dismissal was the planned merger of the two services. Government ministers are preparing to propose a plan for the revamped intelligence service by the end of October.