Czech government to face no-confidence vote on Dec 21.

By bne IntelliNews December 17, 2010
The three-party coalition government of Petr Necas will face a non-confidence vote on December 21, after the main opposition party CSSD filed a motion over corruption allegations, CTK newswire reported quoting the parliaments lower house speaker Miroslava Nemcova. The CSSD initiated the motion on allegations that the Environment Minister Pavel Drobil tried to cover up a corruption scandal in his department. Drobil resigned on December 15. CSSD leader Bohislav Sobotka said the scandal cannot be resolved only with Drobils resignation, insisting that the Prime Minister Petr Necas was informed on the issue already in October and did not take any steps. This is the first non-confidence motion against the government, which is expected to survive the vote as it has 118 of the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies. Petr Gazdik, the deputy chairman junior coalition partner TOP09 told Czech Television that his party will support the government. The other coalition partner, centrist party Public Affairs (VV), also expressed its support. A coalition meeting will be held later today, after the PM returns from a EU summit. A December poll of Factum Invenio showed that the current coalition government would have won only 98 seats in the Chamber of Deputies if the elections were held today . ODS would have gained 47 seats (53 at present), TOP 09 41 (as at present) and VV 10 (currently 24 seats). CSSD would have won 61 seats and KSCM 29.

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