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Czech Prime Minister under pressure to resign

Czech Prime Minister under pressure to resign
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The Czech Prime Minister has come under fresh pressure to step down on Saturday, after his close personal aide was arrested on corruption charges.

The country’s President has now stepped in, saying he believes the charges against the aide to be well-founded.

“I consider the raised charges very serious and after hearing both the police president and the supreme state attorney I have arrived at the conclusion that they are based on sufficient evidence” President Milos Zeman said.

The Czech government has been in turmoil since prosecutors charged eight people as part of a sweep against suspected political corruption.

Jana Nagyova, assistant to Prime Minister Petra Neca, is currently being held in custody. She is accused of asking military intelligence to follow three people and offering posts in state companies to parliamentary deputies if they dropped a rebellion against the Government.

Prime Minister Neca has so far dismissed the allegations and says he intends to stay on.