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Czech premier says his government will resign next week

Czech premier says his government will resign next week

Czech Premier Mirek Topolanek said Wednesday his cabinet would resign next week after consultations with President Vaclav Klaus.
"I will be preparing (the Cabinet's) resignation for next Wednesday," Topolanek told a news conference, adding he would meet with Klaus immediately after the president returns from a trip to Asia later in the week.
On Tuesday, Topolanek's minority center-right government lost a confidence vote in the Parliament, when Socialists and Communists united against his Civic Democratic Party, the Greens and the Christian Democrats, winning the vote 99-96.
When asking the parliament for confidence, Topolanek made it clear his Cabinet wants to lead the country to early elections, admitting he was unable to break the political deadlock.
The June 2-3 parliamentary elections left the Czech political scene split down the middle with 100 lawmakers on each side of the Parliament's 200-seat lower chamber, effectively paralyzing the legislature's decision making process.
According to the constitution, after the Cabinet's resignation the president will appoint a new prime minister. If the next attempt to form a Cabinet fails, the speaker of the lower chamber _ currently a Social Democrat _ will propose a new prime minister.
After three failed attempts, early elections can be called.
Klaus told Czech television from Singapore that he does not plan to appoint a new prime minister before local elections and elections to the upper chamber of parliament, the Senate, scheduled for Oct. 20-21.
The elections will have no direct effect on the government formation but will send a strong signal as to where the political momentum is shifting.
In the meantime on Wednesday, Topolanek's government carried on its business as usual, proposing among other things the extension of the Czech military mission to Iraq.


Updated : 2021-04-12 06:26 GMT+08:00