Final Word from Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Andrej Babiš has seen through Bohuslav Sobotka's attempt to maneuver Klára Dostálová into the post of development minister and will announce a "surprise" candidate today. It will no doubt be a shocker for ANO as well, because Babiš keeps such decisions close to his chest. Perhaps he shares them with Radmila Kleslová, who is known for being his trusted adviser and an ex-StB agent. Her role in ANO is starting to mimic that of Tomáš Hrdlička in ODS under previous governments. He, too, was omnipresent but never seen. Euro reported that ANO's Prague candidates (Adriana Krnáčová, Eliška Kaplická, Patrik Nacher) wanted Babiš to sideline her, but he told them he would sack them first. Anyone of such value to Babiš must be a superb candidate to oversee EU funds, esp. since the pesky question of a minister needing a clean lustration report has now been resolved to President Miloš Zeman's satisfaction. [Czech Republic secret police regional development European Union funding vetting]

Glossary of difficult words

to see through something - to detect the true nature of something; not to be deceived by something;

shocker - something that shocks; a surprise;

to mimic - to replicate, resemble or imitate;

omnipresent - everywhere; widely or constantly encountered;

to sideline someone - to remove someone from the center of activity or attention;

pesky - causing trouble; annoying;

lustration report - a vetting report about one's activities under the Communist regime.

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