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Parliament convenes for confidence vote on minority Cabinet of Mirek Topolanek

Parliament convenes for confidence vote on minority Cabinet of Mirek Topolanek

Lawmakers were debating Tuesday before a planned vote of confidence on Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek's minority Cabinet, with a split in parliament leaving the government's fate uncertain.
Should Topolanek fail to win support, his Cabinet would have to resign and the parliamentary parties would have to negotiate a new government. If three new attempts fail, elections must be held.
Topolanek's conservative Civic Democratic Party won the June 2-3 parliamentary elections, gaining 81 seats. But the elections left the 200-seat legislature divided, and Topolanek's chances of winning support were unclear.
The Social Democratic Party of former Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek finished second with 74 seats, the Communists hold 26 seats, the center-right Christian Democrats have 13 and the Green Party has six.
While the Social Democrats and the Communists have said they would not support Topolanek's government, the Greens and the Christian Democrats indicated they may vote in favor. That, however, would still leave Topolanek's government one vote short of majority.
Paroubek has said he expects to be appointed prime minister, should Topolanek fail.
A lengthy debate was expected Tuesday in parliament, and it was unclear when lawmakers would hold the vote.


Updated : 2021-10-19 15:49 GMT+08:00