ANO chief Andej Babiš says the party’s coalition partners the Social Democrats lied to him in connection with a conflict of interest law approved by the lower house. Mr. Babiš said that the latter had said the law would pertain to future ministers, not current cabinet members. In addition to a previous provision preventing government members from owing media outlets, the version of the bill passed on Tuesday bars their companies from applying for subsidies or taking part in public tender processes. Deputies from ANO said the bill was targeted at Mr. Babiš as his Agrofert is one of the country’s biggest companies and owns major media outlets. The ANO boss said he would consult the matter with his lawyers and make a decision on whether to take action once the bill enters the statute books.
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