Czech ruling parties not united ahead of no-confidence vote.

By bne IntelliNews December 21, 2010
The centrist junior governing party Public Affairs (VV) left a meeting of the leaders of the three ruling parties, a day before the government faces a non-confidence vote, CTK newswire reported. VV has not yet decided whether it would continue supporting the cabinet due to allegations of manipulation of public tenders at the environment ministry. The non-confidence motion was initiated by the the main opposition party CSSD on allegations that the Environment Minister Pavel Drobil tried to cover up a corruption scandal in his department. The scandal forced Drobil to resign on December 15. VV left the coalition talks over a statement of Prime Minister Petr Necas that if any legislator of the coalition parties support the no-confidence motion, it would be considered a breach of the coalition agreement. Moreover, PM Necas linked the dismissal of police chief Oldrich Martinu, which is strongly demanded by VV, with a change in the political leadership of the interior ministry, currently headed by VV chairperson Radek John. The coalition government commands 118 votes in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies, of which VV 24. Thus, if VV decides to support the CSSD motion, the government of PM Necas would most likely be toppled, as only a majority of 101 votes is needed to pass the no-confidence motion. A recent poll by SANEP showed that 66.4% of Czechs believe that the government of PM Necas will survive the no-confidence vote . However, about 46% of those polled consider that PM Necas should resign from his post due to the scandal. The coalition government gained a 33% support in the December poll of CVVM agency .

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