President officially dismisses agriculture minister

President Václav Klaus has officially dismissed Agriculture Minister Ivan Fuksa, Prague Castle reports. The president thus acted at the behest of Prime Minister Petr Nečas, who announced the sacking on Tuesday saying he had long been unhappy with Mr Fuksa’s performance and had warned him repeatedly. The news came as a surprise however, both to the public and to Mr. Fuksa himself, who said it was caused by “political reasons”. Political commentators have widely stated that the dismissal was related to infighting within the Civic Democrat party. Ivan Fuksa is the fifth member of the three-party cabinet to be dismissed since the government took power last year.