Justice minister Válková to stand down by start of March


The minister of justice, Helena Válková, is to step down by the start of next month. The leader of her ANO party, Andrej Babiš, made the announcement at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Babiš had put pressure on Ms. Válková to quit and said he was surprised she had not informed President Miloš Zeman she was leaving the post when she met him on Monday. Mr. Babiš is proposing Deputy Justice Minister Robert Pelikán as her replacement.