Czech leftish opposition calls for early elections, says not to support new right-wing govt.

By bne IntelliNews June 17, 2013

The major opposition Social Democratic Party (CSSD), dominating in opinion polls, has called for early elections and said it will not support a new right-wing government led by the party of PM Petr Necas who said he will resign today (June 17) over a corruption and spying scandal involving his top aide, CTK news agency reported.

Necas submitted his resignation to President Milos Zeman on June 17 and said he wants the three-party ruling coalition including also conservative TOP 09 and small liberal party called LIDEM to form a new government to rule the country until a scheduled general election due May 2014. After meeting Zeman on Monday, Necas said the president does not favour early elections.

Zeman will meet the leaders of the political parties starting as of June 21 to consider the options. Necas will remain as caretaker premier until Zeman names his successor.If Zeman fails to name a new prime minister, early elections could be held within 60 days after parliament is dissolved.

Necas also quit as chairman of ODS. The party is now headed by industry and trade minister Martin Kuba.

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