The Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek (Tomas Petricek), who often warns of the risks posed by Russia and China, was fired today after losing the presidential election of the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSSD) last week.
President Milos Zeman was once the leader of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and a supporter of the close relations between the Czech Republic and Russia and China, often in conflict with Petrichek. President Andre Babis made a proposal and fired him.
The Social Democratic Party is a smaller coalition partner in the government of the populist Babis, leader of the ANO party. Petricek wanted to prevent Russian companies from participating in the tender for the construction of nuclear power plants, which was approved by the country’s intelligence community and opposition parties. This 6 billion euro project is the largest single public investment in the Czech Republic.
Petriček stated that this view and the failure of the Minister of the Interior Jan Hamaček in the CSSD presidential election were part of the reason for his removal. He should be replaced by Lubomir Zaoralek, a member of the current Minister of Culture ČSSD.
The general election will be held in October.
Zaoralek, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the previous government, has not yet decided whether to accept this post. This is why Zeman appointed Hamasek as interim foreign minister. Zaoralek participates in initiatives that are considered too open to China.
Five years ago, he made a statement from a senior Czech official, telling Beijing that the Czech Republic hopes to establish good relations. The minister met with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader in exile in Tibet, in Prague, which was criticized by China.