Coalition deal agreed
Bohuslav Sobotka, the next likely prime minister of the Czech Republic and leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD), announced yesterday that a deal had finally been struck with two other parties to form a coalition government.
Following the 25/26th October general election in which the centre-left Social Democrats won by a small margin, there have been intense negotiations to form a government with two centre-right and centrist parties. The deal was completed yesterday with the centre-right ANO (It means ‘Yes’ in Czech but is also the party of the Action of Dissatisfied Citizens) and the centrist Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU–ČSL).
The three parties say that the pact will be signed on Thursday and details of the new government programme will be announced on Friday.