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Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Finance Minister Andrej Babis attend a parliamentary session in Prague, Czech Republic, May 10, 2017. REUTERS/David W Cerny

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PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka rejected a proposal by coalition partner ANO to replace Finance Minister Andrej Babis by his current deputy minister Alena Schillerova, the prime minister said in a statement on Monday.

Sobotka has requested that Babis, a billionaire businessman, leaves due to questions about his past tax dealings. He said on Monday Schillerova was too close to Babis and asked ANO to propose another candidate.

(Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Jan Lopatka)

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