PM presents new ministers following cabinet reshuffle

Czech prime minister Mirek Topolánek has announced the names of four new cabinet members being appointed as part of a long-promised reshuffle. Daniela Filipiová becomes the new health minister, while fellow Civic Democrat Petr Bendl has been appointed minister for transport. Former rock musician Michael Kocáb was nominated by coalition partners the Greens to be minister for human rights and minorities. Christian Democrat Pavel Svoboda will meanwhile become head of the Government Legislative Council. Speaking on Thursday, Premier Mirek Topolánek said that he had put the new ministers’ names forward to president Václav Klaus for final approval. He said the cabinet newcomers would be officially appointed on January 23.

Author: Rosie Johnston