Hamáček to be first deputy chair in lower house

The newly-elected chairman of the lower house Radek Vondráček from the ANO party has said he would appoint his predecessor in the post Social Democrat Jan Hamáček first deputy chair. In a debate on Czech public television, Mr. Vondráček also indicated that the foreign policy portfolio in the lower house would not go to SPD’s Tomio Okamura. Mr. Okamura’s party is strongly anti-EU and anti-migrant.

Radek Vondráček likewise expressed support for the election of Petr Fiala of the Civic Democrats deputy chair. He said his failure to win support earlier this week was the result of a communication failure.