Czech defence minister Alexandr Vondra resigns, citing election loss to corruption scandal
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
By The Associated Press
PRAGUE - Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra is resigning from his post, citing a lack of public support.
Vondra says Wednesday he decided to resign after he failed to be re-elected to Parliament's upper house in October elections.
Prime Minister Petr Necas says Vondra, a former anti-communist dissident and keen supporter of close ties with the United States, was the best defence minister in the last 20 years and described his resignation as "a loss."
Vondra has been under fire from the opposition for years over an overpriced audiovisual deal he was responsible for in 2009 that was linked to the country's EU presidency. Vondra denies any wrongdoing and has not been charged. But he acknowledged the case contributed to his defeat.
Necas has yet to name a replacement.