Czech President Zeman to appoint new government on January 29


23.01.2014 16:43

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint a new three-member coalition government of Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) on January 29, presidential spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said on the Presidential Office webpage today.


Prezident Miloš Zeman. ČTK Němec Zdeněk

The ceremony will take place 95 days after the last October early election. At present, Zeman is meeting the individual proposed ministers.

The new coalition is to be composed of the CSSD, billionaire Andrej Babis's centrist ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

Zeman said earlier he had reservations about some of the proposed ministers and that he would not automatically appoint the candidates proposed by Sobotka.

However, his meetings with the ministerial candidates, started on Wednesday, have shown that he will name even those he called problematic.

On Wednesday, the Chamber of Deputies supported in the first reading the civil service law with which Zeman linked the appointment of Babis as finance minister.

On Wednesday, Zeman met seven candidates, today he has the same number of meetings and next Tuesday, he is to meet the last two ministerial candidates, future foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD) and Jiri Dienstbier (CSSD), minister for the government legislative council, human rights and equal opportunities.

Zeman named Sobotka prime minister on January 17. This happened 83 days after the autumn general election, the longest time in the history of the Czech Republic that elapsed between the vote and the naming of the new prime minister.

In the 17-member government, the CSSD will occupy eight posts, ANO six and the KDU-CSL three.

The appointment of the new government will put an end to the state in which the Czech Republic had two prime ministers. Now the Czech Republic is administered by the outgoing Jiri Rusnok caretaker government Zeman named last July after the fall of the government of Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democratic Party, ODS).

However, last August the Rusnok government lost the confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies. After it, it submitted its resignation, but was asked to keep ruling until a new government is appointed.

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