Four-party government to rule in Czech Republic

Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and his rightist Civic Democrats party convened with the Green Party to govern the country in a four-party coalition until early elections in 2008.

The new coalition will bring together the Civic Democrats, the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the Christian Democrats. It is the second attempt to form a government following the elections in June 2006. Topolanek’s minority government had failed to withstand a vote of confidence. The prime minister is therefore under pressure to get his coalition partners together.

Topolanek said: “We agreed that we will be working on a government project made up of four parties, which would lead the country to early elections in May or June 2008.” He added: “Only further talks will show whether or not this is realistic.”


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