Opposition MPs criticise Babiš’s absence from gambling tax debate


Opposition deputies on Tuesday criticised Finance Minister Andrej Babiš for being absent from an extraordinary lower house session debating his proposal to increase taxation on gambling. Mr. Babiš was one of many MPs absent from the Chamber of Deputies on the eve of the state holiday marking the anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. In a telephone interview, the ANO chief told Czech Television that there would have been no need for Tuesday’s debate if TOP 09’s Miroslav Kalousek had not previously delayed a vote on the matter at hand by speaking at such length in the lower house.