Poche still Social Democrats’ sole candidate for foreign minister

Miroslav Poche remains the Social Democrats’ only candidate for foreign minister, the party’s leader, Jan Hamáček, told journalists on Monday. Mr. Hamáček, who is minister of the interior, has also been acting minister of foreign affairs since President Miloš Zeman rejected Mr. Poche’s nomination when he appointed a coalition government of ANO and the Social Democrats.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO recently said he expected the Social Democrats to put forward a different name for the post. He said the matter needed to be resolved soon as the Czech Republic would be marking the centenary of Czechoslovakia at the UN General Assembly in September.