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Czech parties agree govt posts, Kalousek at finance

Reuters |
30 June 2010

Czech parties negotiating the formation of a centre-right government agreed on the division of key cabinet posts on Wednesday, including the appointment of austerity advocate Miroslav Kalousek as finance minister. The agreement is a big step forward in new PM Petr Nečas's drive to form a strong government capable of slashing the budget deficit and launching pension and social policy reforms that have been hampered in the past by weak parliamentary majorities.

Nečas appointed new prime minister

Radio Prague |
29 June 2010

The Czech Republic has a new prime minister and is on track for a new government, after more than a year of political limbo caused by the downfall of Mirek Topolánek's centre-right coalition. Petr Nečas was appointed by President Klaus in a brief ceremony at Prague Castle on Monday morning. He'll head a centre-right government that promises austerity measures to tame the budget deficit and a concerted campaign against corruption.

Interim cabinet quits, opens way for successor

BusinessWeek |
28 June 2010

Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer's interim government resigned, opening the way for President Václav Klaus to name a new administration following May general elections.

NGO: preferential votes behind more women in lower house

Radio Prague |
25 June 2010

Last month's election saw more women than ever before elected to the lower house: 44. The three centre-right parties holding talks on forming the government have since put forward three women politicians for important posts.

Fresh air

The Economist |
18 June 2010

After years of sleaze and stagnation central European politics is livening up. In April the centre-right gained a thumping majority in Hungary. At the end of May Czech voters, spurred by an anti-corruption campaign, shunned the two main parties for newcomers. And now Slovaks have evicted the country's most effective politician, the populist and nationalist prime minister Robert Fico, in favour of a bunch of free-market parties preaching lean government and ethnic harmony.

Upcoming ODS congress might stall govt negotiations

Radio Prague |
15 June 2010

Three weeks after general elections, three centre-right parties are still holding talks on forming a coalition government. On Friday, the leader of the strongest party, the Civic Democrats, is set to inform President Václav Klaus on the progress made so for, and might even leave those talks as prime minister designate. But the Civic Democrats are holding a crucial congress over the weekend that could change everything.

Roadblocks to watch in govt talks

aktuálně.cz |
7 June 2010

Although ODS', TOP 09's and VV's programs agree with fiscal austerity, they diverge on a number of issues.

Havel expects tough coalition talks

Earthtimes/DPA |
4 June 2010

Former Czech president Václav Havel said on Thursday he expected complicated talks among the three political parties that are trying to form the Czech Republic's new centre-right government. "The post-election talks have so far proceeded smoothly and soon arrived at a probable coalition," Havel told the German Press Agency dpa. "I doubt that they will continue in a smooth manner. I would expect greater complications."

Czech parties agree centre-right majority coalition

AFP |
3 June 2010

Three Czech parties that won a majority in parliament at weekend elections agreed on a centre-right coalition focused on austerity Wednesday as the president looked poised to name a prime minister. The right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09 and centrist Public Affairs, who together have a solid 118-seat majority in the 200-seat parliament, penned their deal after four days of talks.

Physicist to become next Czech Prime Minister

European Jewish Press/AFP |
2 June 2010

Petr Nečas looked set Monday to be the Czech Republic's man of the moment, a trained physicist to implement austerity measures as the country tries to recover from economic and political crises.

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