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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 parliament rejects early election plan

By Robert Muller PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech lower house of parliament rejected a motion on Wednesday to dissolve itself and force an early election in September, setting up more months of political uncertainty. The motion was proposed by the center-left Social Democrats after leftist President Milos Zeman picked his long-time ally, Jiri Rusnok, last month to lead a new government against the will of the main political parties.

Czech ex-PM admits love affair with indicted aide

Former Czech prime minister Petr Necas on Saturday admitted a love affair with his top aide whose indictment of bribery and abuse of power led to the fall of his centre-right administration. Necas stepped down in mid-June after his chief-of-staff Jana Nagyova had been charged along with seven other senior figures including military intelligence heads and former lawmakers.

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 swears in cabinet in showdown with parliament

By Jana Mlcochova PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman swore in a cabinet led by a longtime ally on Wednesday but it faces almost certain rejection by parties in parliament, raising the specter of prolonged political uncertainty in the central European nation. That would increase the risk of gridlock in policymaking which could hold up a 2014 budget plan and rattle investors, who have long viewed the Czech Republic as a safe haven among emerging economies.

New Czech PM will talk to parties to try win support

PRAGUE (Reuters) - New Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said on Wednesday he would negotiate with political parties to try to win support for his government in a vote of confidence that could take place around August 8. The appointment of Rusnok's cabinet by President Milos Zeman on Wednesday infuriated the three parties of the outgoing center-right coalition and the leftist opposition, who say Zeman bypassed parliament by selecting his long-term ally as the head of government.

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.

Prosecutor seeks criminal charges for toppled Czech PM

A Czech prosecutor has asked lawmakers to strip outgoing prime minister Petr Necas of his immunity from prosecution over a bribery and spy scandal that toppled his government, the parliament speaker said Monday. "On July 8... Speaker of Parliament Miroslava Nemcova received a request from High State Prosecutor Ivo Istvan for parliamentary consent to begin criminal proceedings against lawmaker Petr Necas," Nemcova's office said in a statement.

Czech PM-designate expects cabinet appointed on July 10

Czech prime minister-designate Jiri Rusnok said Tuesday he expected his caretaker cabinet to be appointed on July 10 after an unprecedented corruption scandal brought down his rightwing predecessor. "Wednesday next week is most likely" for the president's formal approval of ministers, Rusnok told reporters in Prague. Leftist President Milos Zeman named the non-partisan Rusnok, his long-time ally, as premier on June 25. Snubbed political parties have in turn threatened to block a parliamentary confidence vote the cabinet needs to survive.

Czech PM Rusnok expects cabinet appointed next Wednesday

PRAGUE (Reuters) - New Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said on Tuesday he expected his full cabinet to be appointed by President Milos Zeman on Wednesday next week. But Rusnok, a leftist picked by Zeman against the will of main political parties, lacks sufficient support for a parliamentary vote of confidence required within a month after the cabinet's appointment, so the central European country's political crisis could last for months to come.
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