CZECH Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka abandoned his pledge to dissolve his crisis-wracked coalition government yesterday.
“Resignation makes no sense,” he said after President Milos Zeman had accepted only the prime minister’s resignation — never offered as such — and not that of the whole government.
Declaring: “I have a different solution,” Mr Sobotka sacked Finance Minister Andrej Babis, whose alleged tax-dodging sparked the crisis.
Billionaire Mr Babis, the Czech Republic’s second-richest man and the leader of the ANO party, which in the coalition with Mr Sobotka’s Social Democrats and the Christian Democrats, is an ally of Mr Zeman.
On Thursday, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia reiterated its call for early elections as a constitutional solution to the crisis.
It said its previous suggestion in January had been opposed by the personal ambitions and selfish interests of those in government.