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Politics

Surprise, surprise

TOL |
27 June 2013

A summer of ruinous floods and tropical heat is also bringing unforeseen political developments to Central Europe.

New prime minister faces opposition from day one

Radio Prague |
27 June 2013

Former coalition parties and the opposition have expressed their strong disapproval of the naming of a caretaker prime minister by the president. No parliamentary party has expressed support for the new Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok, whose future cabinet is already running the risk of not getting enough votes in parliament to confirm their position. President Miloš Zeman placed his trust in Jiří Rusnok to put together a new caretaker government, which would resolve the current political crisis in the country.

Czech president tests the limits of his powers

Radio Prague |
26 June 2013

President Zeman’s decision to replace the outgoing centre-right government with a caretaker administration until scheduled or early elections has evoked an outcry on the Czech political scene. Is he carving out a semi-presidential system for himself, as some foreign media suggest? Political analyst Jiří Pehe doesn't think so.

President Zeman appoints Rusnok as caretaker prime minister

Radio Prague |
26 June 2013

President Miloš Zeman has appointed economist Jiří Rusnok to succeed Petr Nečas as prime minister of the Czech Republic. Mr. Rusnok will head a caretaker cabinet. Aged 52, he was finance minister under then PM Zeman in the early 2000s before serving as minister of industry and trade. However, Mr. Rusnok's government may find it difficult to win a vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies.

PM candidate: "We still don't know what's going on"

aktuálně.cz |
24 June 2013

PM candidate Miroslava Němcová admitted in an interview with Aktualne.cz that the ongoing investigation of the Jana Nagyová scandal may target some of the current ministers.

Coalition partner backs Němcová as PM candidate

Reuters |
24 June 2013

The junior party in the ruling Czech coalition, TOP 09, backed a plan on Friday to nominate parliament speaker Miroslava Němcová as the new prime minister following the resignation of Petr Nečas in a spying and bribery scandal.

President hints he may try to form technocrat cabinet

Reuters |
24 June 2013

Czech President Miloš Zeman indicated on Sunday he was considering forming a technocrat cabinet to replace the government of Petr Nečas, who resigned on Monday in a bribery and spying scandal involving his aide. Speaking in a radio interview, Zeman said he was considering four candidates to head a possible technocrat administration, even though this could lead to a clash with political parties and trigger an early election.

Support for Czech ruling party at record low after scandal

Reuters |
24 June 2013

Public support for the center-right Czech ruling party dropped to an all-time low after a bribery and spying scandal that forced Prime Minister Petr Nečas to resign, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

Resignation amid scandal

The Economist |
20 June 2013

A scandal including a love affair, the abuse of secret services and alleged corruption swept away Petr Nečas, the Czech Republic's prime minister, and his centre-right cabinet nearly a year before elections were scheduled.

TOP 09 and Soc Dems reach agreement on Prague City Hall leadership

Radio Prague |
19 June 2013

The opposition Social Democrats in the Prague city council have agreed to support TOP 09's nominees for top positions at City Hall.

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