The Civic Democratic Party leadership has thrown its weight behind the embattled defense minister Alexander Vondra, who is under fire over his role in a questionable deal relating to the country’s EU presidency when he was in charge of the EU portfolio. According to the internet daily Lidovky.cz Prime Minister Petr Necas himself stood up in Mr. Vondra’s defense, swinging the balance in his favour and securing support for his continued presence in the cabinet.
Although Mr. Vondra claims he did not know about the dubious terms of the contract which allegedly cost taxpayers millions of crowns, he has come under a barrage of criticism over the scandal with the two smaller parties in government TOP 09 and Public Affairs calling for his resignation and distancing themselves from what they call the Civic Democrats' shame.
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