Czech politicians slammed Czech President Milos Zeman who mulled about using a Kalashnikov rifle to get rid of his long-time political rival Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.
When asked at a public debate on Monday how people could get rid of Sobotka whose refugee policy is more moderate than the president's, Zeman said: "If you want to get rid of any politician, including the president, there is only one democratic way and that is a free election, which will take place in a year."
"And then there is an undemocratic path that is called Kalashnikov," he continued with a smile.
In response, Bohuslav Sobotka said "We are with the highest probability the only country in a civilised world where the president publicly calls for killing the prime minister."
The head of the opposition Communist party Vojtech Filip said "I hope he meant it as a joke, because it's disgusting."
Head of the Civic Democrats party Petr Fiala also slammed the president, saying "This is unworthy of a head of state. He keeps provoking, splitting society, something a good politician would never dare do.”
Zeman has been criticised internationally because of his anti-refugee rhetoric after describing the refugee crisis as an “organised invasion of Europe” and saying that the integration of the Muslims into Europe is impossible.