Czech Foreign Minister fired due to government remodeling

Prague (AP) —Czech Foreign Minister was dismissed on Monday due to government remodeling within six months of parliamentary elections.

The move came about because Foreign Minister Tomache Petric was unable to defeat Interior Minister Jan Hamáček, who was reelected as the leader of the Social Democratic Party at last week’s party convention.

The Left Social Democratic Party is a junior party in a coalition government dominated by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s centrist ANO (YES) movement.

Hamacek said the declining traditional party, the Social Democratic Party, needs to speak in a united voice before the October 8-9 elections.

Petricek was opposed to further coalition with Bubbis in the future. He was the second minister to lose his job in the government in a week against vaccination with Russia’s Sputnik V-shot before being approved by the European Union’s drug regulators.

Health Minister Jan Bratny was fired last week.

Bratney and Petric were attacked by President Milos Zeman, who is known for his pro-Russian views.

Petricek also said he was angry with Russia’s opposition to participating in a bid to build a reactor at the country’s Dukovani nuclear power plant.

“I have always supported the direction of the Czech Republic’s pro-Europe and pro-West,” he said.

Zeman has long demanded his replacement.

According to Hamacek, Culture Minister Lubomir Zaoralek was proposed to take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Zaoralek has already worked in the post from 2014 to 2017.