President Zeman will not dismiss his chancellor over suspicious villa purchase

President Miloš Zeman will not dismiss his chancellor Vratislav Mynář over his purchase of a villa in Prague for a suspiciously low price. In an interview for the news site Deník.cz, president Zeman said Mr Mynář gave him a satisfactory answer as to where the money came from. He also added that the villa was in a poor state and needed a costly reconstruction. Mr Mynář purchased the functionalist villa in Pragues's Strašnice district for CZK 5.5 million, which many real-estate experts say is far below its real market value. Several anti-corruption groups this week called on the president to dismiss his chancellor over the suspucious deal.

Author: Ruth Fraňková