Paroubek searches for replacement for Martin Jahn
Social Democrat Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek continues to search for a replacement for outgoing deputy prime minister Martin Jahn, who announced his departure from politics on Monday. Prime Minister Paroubek wanted the popular, unaffiliated Mr Jahn to stand in Prague at next year's general election. One name being bandied about is that of Pavel Telicka, the former EU commissioner.
But whether he actually wants the job of deputy prime minister is another matter. His ejection from the EU commissioner's post last year can't have endeared him to the Social Democrats. Analysts are asking whether he really wants to serve as window-dressing for a party desperate to attract young, economically liberal and urban voters. His pre-1989 membership of the Communist Party is also anathema to the coalition Christian Democrats. Pavel Telicka may decide private consultancy in Brussels is a more fulfilling, and more fruitful career than the rough and tumble of politics.