Speaker rejects absent senator’s offer to stop taking salary

The speaker of the Senate, Milan Štěch, has rejected an offer from František Čuba to stop taking a senator’s salary after failing to appear in the upper house since August last year. Mr. Čuba, who is 81, has been suffering from health problems. However, Mr. Štěch said the best solution would be for him to either resign from his seat or to go on official sick leave. The Senate speaker also said Mr. Čuba could continue to collect his salary and give it to charity. The head of Mr. Čuba’s Party of Civic Rights, Jan Velelba, said his colleague would like to remain an unpaid senator but operate only in his constituency. Under communism, Mr. Čuba headed a well-known collective farm for almost three decades.

Author: Ian Willoughby