Czech Republic

Government weakened by corruption

Published on 22 December 2010 at 11:50

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“The government has survived a first crisis, but the coalition is divided,” reports Hospodářské noviny. On 21 December, the Czech parliament rejected a motion of no confidence in Petr Nečas’ government, which has been weakened by the resignation of environment minister Pavel Drobil, in the wake of a corruption scandal. The daily explains that the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) led by Nečas, almost lost the support of its ally Public Affairs, which campaigned on an anti-corruption ticket. However, at the last minute the members of the three-party coalition, which also includes the TOP 09 party, agreed to a reconciliation deal brokered by Czech President Václav Klaus. The majority finally rejected the motion and “even reached agreement on the preparation of an anti-corruption strategy,” notes Hospodářské noviny.

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