published: 17.01.2013, 20:39 | updated: 17.01.2013 20:59:49
Prague - The Czech coalition government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) survived a fifth attempt to vote no confidence in it as expected today.
The opposition initiated an extraordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies over the amnesty declared by President Vaclav Klaus and countersigned by Necas that arouses controversies.
Ninety-two lawmakers voted for no confidence while minimally 101 votes were required in the 200-seat lower house of parliament.
Ninety-seven lawmakers supported the government. The remaining 11 deputies were absent.
The no-confidence motion was voted against by the present lawmakers of the government parties, the ODS, TOP 09 and LIDEM.
The vote was preceded by a debate that lasted for about nine hours.
Review of voting on confidence and no confidence in the Czech centre-right coalition government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS), formed in mid-2010.
Attempts to vote no confidence in the government
December 21, 2010 - The opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) initiate a no-confidence vote in connection with a corruption case at the Environment Ministry. Eighty out of 193 lawmakers present voted against the government, the remaining 113 supported it.
April 26, 2011 - CSSD initiates no-confidence vote over scandals involving some government members and government crises. Eighty-four lawmakers out of 198 present voted against the government, 114 supported it.
March 20, 2012 - The opposition makes an attempt at toppling the government over its reforms and austerity measures. Eighty-five lawmakers out of 198 present voted against the government, 113 supported it.
July 18, 2012 - The opposition provokes a no-confidence vote over a possible influencing of the investigation into the purchase of CASA military aircraft by some government members. It also criticised the government's budget policy. Eighty-nine out of 178 lawmakers present voted against the government, 89 supported it.
January 17, 2013 - Necas´s government survives no-confidence vote initiated by the CSSD over the amnesty that President Vaclav Klaus declared and Necas countersigned on January 1. Out of 200 lawmakers, 189 were present. Ninety-two voted against the government, 97 for the government, no one abstained from the vote.
Government asks Chamber of Deputies for confidence vote
August 10, 2010 - The newly formed government of the ODS, TOP 09 and Public Affairs (VV) wins confidence in the Chamber of Deputies. All 118 government coalition deputies voted for it. CSSD and Communists (KSCM) were against.
April 27, 2012 - The government asks Chamber of Deputies for confidence after the VV leaves the government coalition (some VV lawmakers around Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake later founded a new party, LIDEM, that is part of the government coalition). The government was supported by 105 out of 198 present lawmakers, 93 were against it.
November 7, 2012 - The government links a confidence vote to a particular bill for the first time in history of the Czech Republic established in 1993. Necas decided to take the step after six ODS rebellious lawmakers did not support the government-sponsored stabilisation package in the Chamber of Deputies on September 5 and Necas decided to submit an identical bill again and link it to a confidence vote. The bill was supported by 101 lawmakers out of 195 present after a three-hour debate while a minimum of 98 votes were required. Before the repeated vote, three rebellious lawmakers gave up their deputy mandates and were replaced by substitutes who supported the package and the government.
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