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A motion brought by the Social Democrats on July 17 to dissolve the Czech Parliament’s lower chamber was rejected by MPs, making any election ahead of the scheduled spring 2014 poll unlikely, writes Lidové noviny.

Despite being ejected from power after the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Nečas due to a corruption scandal, the right-of-centre coalition of Civic Democrats (ODS), TOP09 and LIDEM are still pushing to take over from the current caretaker government, insisting they have the backing of 101 MPs, enough for a parliamentary majority.

The parliament must hold a vote of confidence in the current government, headed by Jiří Rusnok, within the next three weeks. If it loses this vote, as seems likely, the president must appoint a new PM.