TOP 09 considering Drábek’s successor

The leadership of the ruling TOP 09 party met on Tuesday to consider a possible successor to outgoing Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromír Drábek. Mr. Drábek is to leave office at the end of the month in connection with the bribery charges leveled against his first deputy Vladimir Siska. Minister Drábek, who is to be questioned by investigators on Friday said that he did not feel in any way guilty but was prepared to accept political responsibility for the actions of his subordinates. Among the names being floated are the party’s deputy chairwoman Helena Langšádlová and Deputy Health Minister Marek Ženísek. The final decision will be in the hands of party leader Karel Schwarzenberg.