Ruling Civic Democrats meet with opposition to discuss selection process

The ongoing controversy over the selection of a new police chief triggered a meeting on Tuesday between the ruling Civic Democrats and the opposition Social Democrats. The opposition Social Democrats who were offered two seats on the committee have refused to take part in the selection process on the argument that it is not clear if such a procedure is not in breach of the law. The controversy follows weeks of strained relations between the Civic Democrats and their coalition partner Public Affairs, after Interior Minister Radek John of Public Affairs accused the former police president Oldřich Martinu of being a puppet in the hands of the Civic Democrats.