Czechs slam President Zeman for joking about shooting PM

Czech politicians slam country’s President Milos Zeman for joking about using Kalashnikov to get rid of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

This file photo taken on September 09, 2014 shows Czech President Milos Zeman during a press conference at the Elysee Palace, on September 9, 2014 in Paris.

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.

TRTWorld and agencies