Czech President appoints new centre-left government

The Czech President, Vaclav Havel, has officially appointed a new centre-left government, led by the Social Democrat, Vladimir Spidla.

The 17-member governments is composed of 11 member of the Social Democrat Party who won the 14-15 June elections, and of six members of two smaller parties, the centrist Christian Democrats and the right-wing Freedom Union.

The government has a mere one vote majority in the 200-seat lower house of the Parliament. Its main task will be to bring the Czech Republic into the EU. The coalition parties also agreed to reduce the public deficit which could reach seven per cent of the GDP this year, and is likely to keep the Czech Republic out of the euro zone for years.


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