Candidate for foreign minister Lipavský: Vojtěch should not be the ambassador

Foreign Minister-designate Jan Lipavský (Pirates) believes that outgoing Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (ANO) should not become ambassador to Finland.

Lipavský said that he also has reservations about sending Petr Pirunčík, the deputy director of the Foreign Department of the President’s Office, to Ukraine. Both nominations were approved this year by the government of Andrej Babiš (ANO).

“I understand when a very senior politician leaves to continue working for the state in a diplomatic position. I do not believe that some nominees from political circles now meet this criterion. I do not think that Adam Vojtěch should be ambassador to Finland,” Lipavský mentioned.

Vojtěch was supposed to move to the diplomatic service at the beginning of November. Still, Prime Minister Babiš postponed his move, saying he must remain in the government until a new cabinet is appointed.

However, the appointment of Vojtěch as an ambassador has already been signed by President Miloš Zeman, and there is also an agrément, i.e., diplomatic consent, from the Finnish side. So the president would have to change his decision.