Czech Republic

Coalition still in trouble


The three party coalition of Prime Minister Petr Necas is still in trouble and has not resolved the problem of ministerial appointments for the Public Affairs Party (VV) despite lengthy meetings yesterday.

The coalition, which was formed after the May 2010 election, has suffered from a series of resignations and sackings recently, all of which are centred on the Public Affairs Party. The other two parties in the coalition are Civic Democrats (ODS), the leading party, and TOP 09.

The problem has become so severe that a recent poll by Millward Brown for the Lidove Noviny newspaper suggests that 90% of the Czech people do not want the current coalition to continue.

Around a third of them said that they wanted to see the largest party after the 2010 general election, the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) to try and form a coalition.

There was little enthusiasm for a fresh election with just 25% in support of elections.

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