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Czech president to appoint former PM Rusnok to central bank

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint Jiri Rusnok, who led a caretaker government until January, to the central bank board on Wednesday February 5, the president's office said. The appointment was expected after Zeman had earlier said he would name Rusnok to succeed Eva Zamrazilova, whose six-year term ends in March. (Reporting by Robert Muller; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

Czech cabinet resigns ahead of possible snap elections

The Czech government formally resigned on Tuesday after losing a confidence vote last week, ahead of snap elections to drag the country out of a deepening political crisis. The outgoing technocrat cabinet of Jiri Rusnok was appointed by his leftist ally President Milos Zeman on July 10 after the previous centre-right government fell over a spy and bribery scandal. Zeman said after accepting the resignation that the cabinet would stay on until a new one can be appointed, "hopefully a cabinet that will emerge from free elections".

Czech prime minister hands in resignation, early election nears

PRAGUE — The Czech cabinet dominated by allies of leftist President Milos Zeman resigned on Tuesday after losing a confidence vote last week, clearing the way for early elections that could resolve a political deadlock.

Czech PM loses confidence vote, chances of early election grow

By Jan Lopatka and Robert Muller PRAGUE (Reuters) - The new Czech cabinet formed by allies of leftist President Milos Zeman lost a confidence vote on Wednesday in a split vote that made it likely the country will hold an early election before the end of the year, possibly as soon as October. Zeman appointed his long-term supporter, economist Jiri Rusnok, in June, bypassing political parties that had proposed other options and accused Zeman of usurping powers that belong to parliament.

Czech government set to lose confidence vote

The Czech parliament met Wednesday for a confidence vote on the new technocrat government, which is unlikely to win but could still remain in power with a little help from its ally, the president. Appointed by President Milos Zeman on July 10, the government of leftwing economist Jiri Rusnok replaced a centre-right coalition cabinet that was toppled by a bribery and spy scandal in June. But the former coalition still dominates the 200-seat parliament in which Rusnok needs a simple majority of votes to win.

Czech Social Democrats agree support for new cabinet

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The main Czech center-left party's leadership agreed on Tuesday to back a leftist government formed by allies of President Milos Zeman, improving its scant chances of winning a confidence vote on Wednesday, a senior party leader told Reuters. The Social Democrat party overcame its initial resistance to a government imposed by the president against the will of the main political parties, which many politicians see as a power grab infringing on parliament's powers.

New Czech cabinet faces August confidence vote

The Czech parliament will hold a confidence vote on the technocrat cabinet of Prime Minister-designate Jiri Rusnok on August 7, the speaker said Wednesday. Rusnok was appointed by long-time leftist ally President Milos Zeman earlier this month in a controversial bid to end a political crisis sparked by a bribery and spying scandal. "According to the constitution, the confidence vote has to occur within 30 days after the appointment," parliamentary speaker Miroslava Nemcova told reporters.

Czech party weighs support for new PM, his chances remain weak

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic's main center-left party signaled on Friday it might support the new cabinet led by an ally of President Milos Zeman in a vote of confidence due in early August, though the government's chances of success remain weak.

Czech president appoints technocrat government led by ally

Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday appointed a technocrat government led by his long-time leftist ally Jiri Rusnok in a controversial bid to end a political crisis sparked by a bribery and spy scandal. Zeman, the Czech Republic's first directly elected head of state, chose the 52-year-old economist last month to replace Petr Necas, a right-wing rival toppled amid the country's longest ever recession. "I would like to assure you we'll do our best to ... serve the citizens of our country as best we can," Rusnok told Zeman after the ministers were appointed.

Czech president appoints technocrat government led by ally

Czech President Milos Zeman on Wednesday appointed a technocrat government led by his long-time leftist ally Jiri Rusnok in a controversial bid to end a political crisis sparked by a bribery and spy scandal. Zeman, the Czech Republic's first directly elected head of state, chose the 52-year-old economist last month to replace Petr Necas, a rightwing rival toppled amid the country's longest ever recession. "I would like to assure you we'll do our best to ... serve the citizens of our country as best we can," Rusnok told Zeman after the ministers were appointed.
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