Social security administration head resigns over dubious tender

Petr Poncar, the head of social security administration, has resigned in connection with a dubious tender. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by the new labour and social affairs minister, Ludmila Mullerová, who said the suspect tender concerned a planned purchase of printers worth 200 million crowns. The daily Lidové noviny notes that Petr Poncar, a former pension fund director at Allianz, had been handpicked for the post by the former deputy labour minister Vladimir Šiška who is now charged with corruption.