Outgoing Czech caretaker government meets last time

Premiér v demisi Jiří Rusnok přichází na schůzi vlády 2. ledna v Praze.

published: 22.01.2014, 14:03 | updated: 22.01.2014 14:11:54

Prague - The outgoing Czech caretaker government met for the last time today and Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok does not expect to convoke any further meeting, he told reporters.

A new centre-left coalition government of the Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) might assume office next week, possibly on January 29.

Rusnok´s team left the decisions on several public contracts and on the bill on state attorney´s offices up to the new cabinet.

Though the cabinet approved some bills, it will let the next government decide whether these bills would be submitted to parliament.

"I expect that there will be no need to convoke the cabinet meeting for me anymore. I will leave this to the new prime minister and the new government," Rusnok said.

Rusnok said he does not know when the new cabinet will be appointed.

President Milos Zeman appointed the Rusnok government against the will of most parties in parliament last summer. The cabinet lost the vote of confidence in the Chamber of Deputies and it has been ruling as an outgoing one for seven months. It is to be soon replaced the the coalition government of Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD), formed after the early general election held last October.

Zeman labelled Rusnok´s team a government of experts, while his critics consider it rather a government of his friends.

The Czech Republic has had two prime ministers since Friday when Sobotka was appointed prime minister-designate.


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