Czech Republic

Government survives fourth no confidence vote


The Czech coalition government of Prime Minister Petr Nečas survived a fourth no confidence vote yesterday in its two years in office.

The vote which was brought forward by the opposition Social Democrats and Communists failed because the opposition were unable to reach the required 101 votes in the 200 seat Chamber of Deputies. The final result was 89 votes for, 89 votes against and 22 deputies were absent from the chamber.

The vote was triggered following an investigation into the purchase of Spanish CASA military transport planes which suggested that the Czech government paid more than the list price of the planes. This follows a number of previous investigations into alleged corruption. Corruption is one of the issues for which voters are critical of the government.

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