ANO’s Brabec: Movement possible on ministries under nascent coalition deal

ANO deputy leader Richard Brabec has not ruled out some changes concerning ministries being made within talks with the Social Democrats on forming a coalition government. His comment came in response to reports that the Social Democrats want the defence portfolio instead of agriculture. However, Mr. Brabec said that would be a decision for ANO chief Andrej Babiš and would need to be approved by party bodies.

ANO and the Social Democrats have reached a deal on the text of a coalition agreement and Mr. Babiš has said talks could be wrapped up by Friday.

Under the agreement taking shape, the two parties would be supported by the Communists in crucial votes in the lower house. The latter grouping have never been that involved in government since 1989.