PM confirms he will resign

Prime Minister Petr Nečas confirmed late Sunday, following a meeting of his party’s top leadership, that he will tender his resignation as prime minister on Monday. The move comes days after police, in an anti-graft operation, raided the office of the government and eight people – including the premier’s chief-of-staff - were arrested and now face criminal charges. All except one have been remanded in custody. Mr Nečas said late Sunday that the moment had come to accept political responsibility; he will also step down as chairman of the right-of-centre Civic Democratic Party.