Former Prime Minister Jan Fischer will be named today as finance minister in Jiří Rusnok’s government of “experts” that is supposed to govern the country until the spring 2014 election.

Surprisingly, and despite a massive campaign that left him with huge debts, Fischer was eliminated in the first round of presidential election. Lidové noviny recalls in its editorial that

Mr Fischer endorsed Miloš Zeman in the second round, so the offer from the president’s vassal Rusnok is a repayment of a political debt and may be corruption too. We might know more should the indebted former presidential candidate miraculously and rapidly pay off his debts from his unsuccessful campaign.