published: 06.03.2013, 10:53 | updated: 06.03.2013 11:15:35
Prague - Outgoing Czech President Vaclav Klaus said the government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) did not use its chances and strong mandate it gained in the 2010 general election, after he visited today´s meeting of the cabinet.
Necas defended the coalition government and said it has pushed through everything it wanted even with a lower number of lawmakers than it had originally, which was caused by the split of the junior Public Affairs (VV).
Klaus came to the government to part with the ministers before his second and last five-year mandate expires on Thursday. He will be replaced by former Social Democrat prime minister Milos Zeman, winner of the first direct presidential election.
Klaus said he considered Necas´s government the most promising of all thanks to the strong mandate it had (118 out of 200 seats in the Chamber of Deputies).
"I believed that this government, also thanks to this strength in parliament, will manage to do something resolute and that is also why I placed the highest demands on it," Klaus said.
Necas reacted saying "the government has pushed through completely everything it sent to the Chamber of Deputies and what it wanted to push through."
He said the coalition government´s problems were caused by the the VV´s internal problems.
A part of VV deputies gradually left the VV which weakened the position of the ODS and the third party of the centre-right government, TOP 09.
The VV was replaced in the government by LIDEM that was formed by a group of VV dissidents.
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