Prime Minister: Controversy around education ministry official resolved

Prime Minister Petr Nečas said on Tuesday that he considers the controversy around Ladislav Bátora, the head of human resources at the Education Ministry, resolved. He added that he had been assured by officials from the government coalition’s TOP 09 party that they would attend a meeting of the cabinet scheduled for Wednesday. Previously, the party, which is led by Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, had refused to attend cabinet meetings until Mr. Bátora was dismissed. Mr. Bátora came under fire for his past links to an ultra-right party and for making insulting remarks about the foreign minister online, sparking a row within the governing coalition. Education Minister Josef Dobeš of the Public Affairs party bowed to growing pressure for Mr. Bátora’s dismissal on Monday evening, saying that he would be transferred to a less prominent position.

Author: Sarah Borufka