Czech government survives no-confidence vote, as expected.

By bne IntelliNews July 19, 2012
The centre-right Czech government has survived a no-confidence vote filed by the leftish opposition over allegations that finance minister Miroslav Kalousek tried to influence investigation into corruption probe, Lidovky.cz agency reported. The opposition failed to gather the needed 101 votes to topple the government since the motion was backed by only 89 lawmakers. This has been the fourth no-confidence vote the government of PM Petr Necas has survived since it took power in 2010. Last week the lower house of the Czech parliament voted 117 to 45 to lift the immunity of deputy speaker of the house Vlasta Parkanova to allow her being prosecuted over a CZK 3.6bn (EUR 141.8mn) military contract signed in 2009 about the purchase of four CASA transport planes that were allegedly not needed and overpriced. Parkanova signed the contract while she served as defence minister in the 2006-2009 coalition government of Mirek Topolanek. According to the opposition, Kalousek, which is deputy chairman of Parkanovas conservative TOP 09 party, allegedly threatened the police chief and tried to influence and investigation.

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