12th May 2017

Politico.eu: Czech finance minister ready to take one for the team

PRAGUE — Embattled Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babiš has said he is willing to be ejected from his post to resolve a crisis that threatens to break up the ruling three-party coalition and undermine President Miloš Zeman’s authority.

In an interview with POLITICO at his office in Prague, the controversial businessman, media mogul and self-styled reformer said he would not resign, because “then I would be admitting that I have done something wrong. And that is not true.”

But Babiš, who spoke in English and French, said he would allow Zeman to fire him on one condition: that Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka accepts that his replacement will be someone from Babiš’s centrist ANO party.

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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic