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ODS deputy group head to head Transport Ministry

12 December 2012

Prague, Dec 11 (CTK) - Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (senior Civic Democratic Party, ODS) has chosen Zbynek Stanjura, ODS deputy group head, for transport minister, the government spokesman said in a press release yesterday.

Necas thus confirmed the unofficial information about the name of the new minister.

Stanjura will replace Pavel Dobes (LIDEM) who resigned as from December 3.

Deputy Prime Minister and LIDEM head Karolina Peake will most probably become defence minister, according to CTK's information.

Her deputy Petr Mlsna (unaffiliated) is to be minister without portfolio and head of the Government Legislative Council.

Necas has not officially confirmed Peake and Mlsna's nominations.

Mlsna, proposed by Peake, told CTK he is ready to accept the post but that he has yet to talk to Necas.

Marek Benda, a years-long ODS member and deputy head of the ODS lawmakers' group, is to replace Stanjura as head of the group, according to CTK's information.

These changes mean that the plan that has been talked about behind the stage for some time, starts to be carried out.

After the departure of Pavel Dobes and of defence minister Alexandr Vondra (ODS) as from December 7, the ODS and LIDEM will swap the two ministries.

The plan also speaks about a later merger of the transport and the industry and trade ministries.

The new transport minister is to help prepare the merger together with Industry and Trade Minister Martin Kuba, ODS first deputy chairman.

Necas has allegedly acquainted the government coalition parties' heads with this plan.

TOP 09 does not like the prepared changes in the number of ministries, saying they are being made due to the ODS's intra-party games.

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