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New Czech government in place
Czech republic forms three-party coalition after election crisis last year.
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2007 17:19 GMT
 Members of the new Czech government pose at Prague Castle [AFP]

The Czech president has named a new government led by the right-wing prime minister as the country tries to extract itself from seven months of political turmoil brought about by an inconclusive election last June.
Vaclav Klaus's appointment of Mirek Topolanek's government approves the formation of a three-party coalition with the centre-right Christian Democrats, the Green party and his own right-wing Civic Democrats.
But the grouping has only 100 seats in the 200-seat parliament, while the left wing controls 100 seats.

 

The constitution calls for a confidence vote to be held within 30 days but Topolanek has said he will move faster.

 

"The entire Czech public, and me with it, will be following how you take up your posts in the coming days. We will equally closely follow how the confidence vote in your cabinet will proceed," Klaus said during the swearing-in ce

"After nearly a year of no governance, our country surely deserves and needs a fully fledged government. Today's appointment act can bring us closer towards that aim"

- Vaclav Klaus,
Czech president
remony at Prague Castle.

 

"After nearly a year of no governance, our country surely deserves and needs a fully fledged government. Today's appointment act can bring us closer toward that aim."

 

Key to Topolanek's chances of winning the confidence vote will be two deputies who deserted the left-wing Social Democrats to sit as independents.

 

Topolanek has said he will also start talks with the Social Democrats, although they have rejected supporting the coalition. Topolanek has rejected a formal agreement with the left wing - a so-called grand coalition - and prefers an early election if a stable government cannot be formed.

 

Second term

 

This is the prime minister's second attempt to form a government since the election. A minority government composed solely of his right-wing Civic Democrats failed to win a confidence vote in October.

 

The parliamentary speaker has the constitutional right to choose a third prime minister and if three successive attempts to form a government fail the president can call early elections.

 

The current Social Democrat speaker, however, has pledged to step down before any third attempt.

Source:
Agencies
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