Constitutional Court chairman criticises atmosphere around head of state

The chairman of the country’s Constitutional Court, Pavel Rychetsý has criticised the atmosphere around the head of state, saying that regardless who held the post of president, the office drew groups of aides incapable of conducting a dialogue with the president or confronting him with criticism.

In his view, the post had had a negative impact on all recent presidents, suggesting that all had wanted “kowtowers” (or “yes men”). He made the statement in an interview with Czech Radio.

In the interview, the Constitutional Court chairman criticised him indirectly criticised President Miloš Zeman’s spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček: the Constitutional Court chairman said it was not a spokesman’s place to judge public officials in private tweets, making clear he considered such behaviour a sackable offence which should lead to dismissal within the hour.