Social Democrats for removal of Okamura as deputy speaker

The Social Democrats say they will join a move to oust Tomio Okamura of Freedom and Direct Democracy as deputy speaker of the lower house. The head of the party’s deputies group, Jan Chvojka, said the Social Democrats would support a Christian Democrat-organised push to remove Mr. Okamura over comments he made about the Lety WWII concentration camp for Romanies.

The Christian Democrats’ deputy leader Marian Jurečka said he welcomed the support but feared some ANO MPs would refuse to take action against the Freedom and Direct Democracy chief after he said Lety, where over 300 people died, was largely unguarded and prisoners were free to come and go.

The Czech Pirate Party, TOP 09, the Mayors and Independents have already given their backing to removing Mr. Okamura. The Civic Democrats are due to discuss the matter.