PM wants to meet with interior minister about choosing new police president

Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas has said he wants to meet with Interior Minister Radek John to discuss steps on choosing the new police president. Speaking during a TV debate programme on Sunday he indicated he would have done so already had the minister not been ill. Last week Mr Nečas blasted Mr John’s plans for a ten-member committee to choose a successor to Oldřich Martinů who stepped down at the end of December; he called it ridiculous for the future police chief to be chosen by those lower down in the hierarchy. The prime minister suggested on Sunday it would be better if Mr John handpicked a candidate he backed fully, rather than play bad political theatre. Mr Nečas is not only unhappy with the committee itself, but the limited time candidates for the post would have to prepare – effectively three days.

Author: Jan Velinger