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Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis addresses a parliamentary session in Prague, Czech Republic, May 10, 2017. REUTERS/David W Cerny


PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis said on Friday that he has proposed his deputy Alena Schillerova to replace him, as a way out of a row that has destabilised the government.

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has demanded that Babis leaves or is dismissed by President Milos Zeman due to allegations he may have dodged taxes and influenced content at a newspaper he owned. Babis has denied any wrongdoing.

"Once the president returns (from a trip to China) and accepts our nominee, this whole scandal started by the prime minister can end," Babis told reporters at a briefing broadcast live by a journalist from news website www.idnes.cz.

(Reporting by Jan Lopatka and Robert Muller; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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