“I take note of Petr Gazdík’s decision to resign as Minister. Thank you for his work so far. I appreciate his move and take it as an expression of the change in political culture that this governing coalition wants to pursue. According to all available information, Petr Gazdík is neither accused nor investigated. So this is an honest solution that we have not been used to in high politics in recent years, “Prime Minister Fiala wrote on Twitter.

According to the head of the coalition Pirates, Ivan Bartoš, the resignation of the Minister of Education Petr Gazdík was the only possible step. Bartoš told Czech Television on Sunday. The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and the TOP 09 coalition, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, wrote to ČTK that in similar cases, the presumption of guilt applies in the current government.

Deputy Prime Minister Bartoš considers Gazdík’s resignation to be the only possible solution, and described the contacts with the “head of the criminal organization” on Czech Television as frightening. According to him, at the meeting with STAN and within the entire government coalition, it is now necessary to negotiate that the government be complete from July, when its presidency begins.

“It is good that Petr Gazdík deduced responsibility from his ties to Michal Redl. We promised voters a change. This also lies in the fact that the presumption of guilt applies to politicians in such serious cases, “Pekarová Adamová wrote to ČTK. She noted that the previous government under Andrej Babiš (ANO) was not able to do so.

The chairman of the KDU-ČSL deputies, Marek Výborný, stated on Twitter that Gazdík’s move had his great respect. “It was not customary to face such things. It is an expression of a political culture of a completely different category than before. It is now important to find a quality successor for the key education sector. Education remains a priority, “he wrote.

The opposition criticizes the STAN movement

According to the chairman of the ANO opposition movement, Andrej Babiš, the decision of the Minister of Education Petr Gazdík (STAN) to leave the government due to contacts with the accused businessman and lobbyist Michal Redl was inevitable. Babiš told ČTK on Sunday. According to the head of the opposition Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) Tomio Okamura, the only solution is to leave the entire STAN movement out of government.

According to Babiš, it is evident that Gazdík has “a ton of butter on his head”. After all his lies, resignation was inevitable. Of course, he will keep the position of deputy, because without the state he would not even have bread, “Babiš told ČTK. However, according to him, the farmer was only one “tentacle”. “The real head of Hydra is Mr. (STAN chairman Vít) Austrian, who covers STAN organized crime from the position of interior minister,” he said.

By leaving the Mayors in government, according to Babiš, Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) approves STAN “mafia and robbery” practices. Viola is also criticized by the head of the opposition SPD, Tomio Okamura. The prime minister has full responsibility for the government and puts his head in the sand, he said. “He does not know how to face the situation and the behavior of STAN representatives is tolerated all the time,” Okamura said.

Okamura called the mayors a “political-business project.” “Its top officials are part of organized crime and linked to the mafia. They should never have been in the government, so the only solution is to leave the entire STAN out of the government, “he said.

Gazdík announced his resignation on Sunday morning on his Twitter account. “I do not feel guilty about anything, even on a criminal level. However, my contacts with some people also cast a shadow over the STAN movement, “he wrote. This will be the first change in the government of Petr Fiala (ODS) since her December appointment.

Redl is one of 11 accused in the case of a Prague transport company, another is Petr Hlubuček, the former deputy mayor of Prague for STAN. When announcing the resignation, Gazdík stated that he did not feel guilty, but did not want to shake the government or the coalition on the threshold of the presidency of the European Union in the second half of the year.

Gazdík is not a suspect in the case, but according to the media, he met with Redl in a secure office, spent a weekend together in the Alps and communicated over an encrypted phone. Gazdík did not deny the contacts, but ruled out that Redl would interfere in his political actions or decision-making by STAN.

He wrote on Sunday that contacting Redl was a mistake. “Or naivety, which is also a mistake for politicians. That’s all I feel guilty about. Certainly not by participating in a criminal organization. I did not steal anything, I did not pass on any business to anyone, “said the ending minister, who is also leaving the position of vice-president of the STAN movement.