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  • 21 December 2012
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    Karolina Peake: over and done in the blink of an eye

    191 hours, that is to say a little bit less than 8 full days: this is how long lasted Karolina Peake as Defense Minister thus becoming the record holder of the shortest ministerial mandate in the Czech Republic.

  • 14 December 2012
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    First decisions of Ms. Peake: the iron fist without the velvet glove

    On 13th December she dismissed General Picek, 1st deputy Minister of Defense in charge of international relations, Brigadier Bulant, Director of national Armament and František Šulc, the head of Minister Cabinet. The reason invoked is the “demilitarization” of positions which should be – according to Ms. Peake – held by civilians. This excuse looks passably fallacious because except Brigadier Bulant who is still an active officer, General Picek is retired and František Šulc is a civilian. So it appears that Ms. Peake has chosen political games rather than continuity.

  • 13 December 2012
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    Karolina Peake, new Czech Defense Minister

    Political negotiations lasted several days but finally the three parties forming the current governmental coalition (ODS, TOP09, LIDEM) came to an agreement on the names of the three new ministers who will enter in the government. President Klaus has nominated in the afternoon of 12th December 2012 Ms. Karolina Peake as new Defense Minister, Mr. Zbyněk Stanjura (ODS) as new Transport Minister and Mr. Petr Mlsna (close to LIDEM) as Minister without portfolio who will replace Ms. Peake as head of the Government Legislative Council.