Sobotka says deal reached on deputy minister but names no names

04-02-2014

Prime Minister Sobotka says he has reached agreement with ANO chief and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš over the placing of a Social Democrat deputy minister at the Finance Ministry, in keeping with a tradition of coalition parties having officials at that level at ministries they do not control. However, Mr. Sobotka did not reveal the name of his party’s candidate after talks with Mr. Babiš on Tuesday. The latter had previously refused to accept the Social Democrats’ Jiří Peřina as deputy minister for taxation.