Prime minister fires advisor over criticism of President Klaus

Prime Minister Petr Nečas has fired one of his advisors who insinuated that President Václav Klaus was a coward. Referring to Mr Klaus’s reflection of Friday’s incident when a disgruntled man fired plastic pellets at him, Mr Joch wrote on his blog the head of state was a “whining Kremlin-loving wimp”. Prime Minister Nečas distanced himself from Mr Joch’s words, and said all contracts between him and the government had been cancelled.

On Friday, President Klaus became a target of a communist sympathizer who fired plastic pellets at him from an air gun during a ceremony in the northern town of Chrastava. Mr Klaus said he considered the incident an unprecedented attack against the head of state which reflected the poor state of the society.

Author: Jan Richter