Czech defense minister fired after one week in post

December 20, 2012 17:00


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PRAGUE - Czech President Vaclav Klaus dismissed the country's Defense Minister Karolina Peake on Thursday just a week after she took office, igniting a fresh row among the shaky center-right coalition that could threaten the cabinet's survival.

Since her appointment on December 12, Peake has dismissed a number of top officials at the NATO member country's Defense Ministry, which has been at the center of a series of corruption investigations.

Prime Minister Petr Necas, who requested Peake be dismissed as defense minister, has criticized her decision to sack the officials. She will remain as deputy prime minister in the center-right cabinet, which held its weekly meeting on Thursday.

Peake was not immediately available for comment and Necas gave no reason for the dismissal in a statement announcing she would leave her post.

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