Press: Senator, governor and mayor Čunek is best paid politician

The best-paid Czech politician is not the prime minister or the president but Jiří Čunek, according to the newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes. Mr. Čunek is a senator for the Christian Democrats as well as being the governor of the Zlín Region and mayor of the town of Vsetín. In total he receives almost CZK 290,000 a month. He had said before regional elections that he would quit the mayor’s post if elected but now says he is under pressure to stay. Mr. Čunek, a former leader of the Christian Democrats, first came to national attention for his treatment of Romanies, with critics said was discriminatory. He later became involved in a number of scandals and was forced to step down as regional development minister.

Author: Ian Willoughby