The coalition unity is over. The Pirates are also asking for an exchange of Mlejnka

Like the opposition, the Pirates point to Mlejenko’s contacts with businessman Michal Redl, accused in the Prague Dozimetr corruption case. The affair surrounding the contacts of the new head of civilian intelligence with Redl is also one of the reasons for the vote of no confidence in the government, initiated by the opposition. It will take place on Thursday, where the Pirates will support the cabinet.

“There should be a change in the post of the director of the relevant secret service. Someone should be chosen who has a bulletproof profile, who did not hang out with Mr. Redl and is a person that everyone can support,” said the chairman of the Pirates club, Jakub Michálek. In the resolution of the parliamentary club, the pirates point out that there may be a violation of the coalition agreement, because according to it, the parties should choose competent and trustworthy personalities for leading positions. Despite the fact that Mlejnek remains in office, the Pirates still want to continue to support the government and vote against its no-confidence vote. “At this moment, we are not at all deciding how and whether the government or the composition of the relevant ministers should change,” Michálek added.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) takes note of the Pirates’ resolution. “I want to discuss it with them personally in the next few days,” he responded in an SMS to ČT.

This week, the parliamentary security committee, with the votes of coalition MPs, supported earlier statements by members of the government, according to which the cabinet did not find reasons for Mlejnka’s dismissal. “The members of the government for the Pirate Party, who were in the government when Mr. Mlejnek was there, did not express the opinion that he should be dismissed,” noted Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL).

The Hospodářské noviny (HN) server reported on Thursday that the Pirates will vote in an internal party referendum on a resolution to distance themselves from the government coalition’s approach to the director of civilian intelligence. Even if the Pirates condemn the cabinet’s approach, this does not mean the collapse of the government, the server wrote. Pirate voting will begin on Friday, September 2 and end the following Monday night. The all-party referendum was proposed by Marek Řebíček, a former employee of the National Security Office (NSB) from the 1990s and a member of the Pirates. “We would consider it correct that the person in question ceases to hold the given position. Joint responsibility for the government’s decision damages our good name,” quoted HN from the proposed resolution.

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