ANO leader downplays defections from Karlovy Vary leadership

Leader of the ANO party Andrej Babiš has described the quitting of five high placed members of the party on Karlovy Vary city council as a clear out of those who gained office for personal profit. The local party has challenged them to stand down and resign their seats. They have said they will continue as council members and continue in the coalition governing the Czech Republic’s biggest spa city. Some of those who quit complained about the inner working of the party and its embargo on giving out information of its functioning. The latest resignations form part of a series of conflicts in town and city councils where ANO members were elected over the last year.