Party leaders to discuss amendment to coalition agreement

Coalition leaders are meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss an amendment to the coalition agreement that the Public Affairs party has made a prerequisite for their remaining in government. Public Affairs is demanding four ministries for its party and would like to replace the independent transport minister, Radek Šmerda, with the head of their parliamentary club, Karolína Peake. Prime Minister Nečas has said he does not support any changes in the cabinet and has offered the junior coalition party the chairmanship of the government’s legislative council and a special anti-corruption portfolio. Public Affairs have thus far rejected those proposals, saying they want the representation in government they deserve. Two of the party’s leaders have been forced out of government this year due to underperformance and allegations of corruption.