Ondráček’s candidacy for committee chair not to figure in coalition talks

Support for the election of Communist Party MP Zdeněk Ondráček to head the lower house’s committee overseeing the General Inspection of the Security Services should not be part of talks on forming a new government, Radek Vondráček of ANO said on a TV discussion show on Sunday. Controversy has surrounded efforts to install Mr. Ondráček in the post, given the fact the inspection body oversees the police and he took part in a crackdown on protesters in 1989 while a member of a Communist-era riot squad.

Mr. Vondráček’s view was echoed by Jan Hamáček of the Social Democrats, who said talks on forming a government should focus on that topic alone.