Czech PM Sobotka rejects finance minister nominee

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on Monday rejected a proposal by coalition partner ANO to replace Finance Minister Andrej Babis with his current deputy, extending a crisis in the center-left coalition before an election due in October. Sobotka has requested that Babis, a billionaire businessman and founder of the anti-establishment ANO movement, leave due to questions about his past tax dealings. Babis denies any wrongdoing but has said he would accept his sacking if there is an agreement on his replacement. Sobotka said on Monday Babis’s pick, his current Deputy Minister Alena Schillerova, was too close to Babis. This posed a problem in relation to the need to look into Babis’s taxes, Sobotka said.

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