Public Affairs will stick to demand for interior ministry

The Public Affairs party told reporters ahead of Monday-evening coalition negotiations that they are sticking to their demand that their chairman, Radek John, head the interior ministry and that an offer to include counter-corruption measures in the coalition agreement would not suffice. The evening’s negotiations are to focus on law and corruption. Public Affairs negotiator Karolína Peake said that the talks would not be dealing with the party’s weekend declaration that they would stay out of the coalition if they were not given the portfolio. The party’s deputy Krystýna Kočí said on Sunday that being in charge of the interior ministry was one of the party’s absolute priorities in view of the fact that the fight against corruption was the mainstay of its policy programme. Members of the other two coalition parties dismissed the move as unprofessional.