PM: Minister Babiš must explain his finances

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said that he expects his finance minister, Andrej Babiš, to sufficiently explain some of his financial dealings that opponents say were aimed to avoid taxes. The prime minister warned Babis not to belittle calls for an explanation by the lower house of Parliament. “I feel it is essential for a minister who is spearheading the government’s anti-corruption drive to be able to sufficiently dispel concerns that he himself may have used unethical or even illegal practices in order to avoid paying tax” Mr. Sobotka said in a press release on Thursday. Lower house deputies said on Thursday that if Mr. Babiš did not provide a satisfactory explanation they expected the prime minister to take action. The finance minister, who accused his critics of mud-slinging, has now agreed to provide a full excplanation by the end of April.