Czech President Vaclav Klaus appointed today Jan Kubice new interior minister and Radek Smerda new transport minister on the basis of an agreement the coalition parties concluded on Monday after a government crisis.
Both ministers are unaffiliated. Kubice replaces Radek John (Public Affairs, VV) and Smerda replaces Vit Barta (VV).
Klaus said he hopes their appointment today means an end to the government crisis and that the government will return to its productive and creative work.
The crisis was triggered by Barta´s having allegedly bribed VV deputies into loyalty and after the disclosure of a document in which he spoke about plans to gain economic power through politics.
"It (the crisis) damaged all of us and I believe that it is definitively over at this very moment, at this very minute," Klaus said.
John retains his post of deputy prime minister and he will be responsible for the struggle against corruption. He will be officially charged with the task later.
Klaus dismissed John as interior minister and accepted Barta´s resignation today.
"You are coming at the difficult moment of a government crisis. That is why the public and all will be closely watching your activities at the ministries," Klaus said.
Necas will now accompany Kubice and then Smerda to their ministries.
The centre-right government of the DOS, TOP 09 and the VV emerged from last May´s general election.