Czech smallest coalition party backtrack from leaving government.

By bne IntelliNews January 9, 2013
LIDEM, the smallest partner in the Czech three-party government, has decided to stay in the government abandoning a requirement its ministers to step down by January 10 and thus averting another crisis that could have topped the government, CTK news agency reported citing the party's leader Karolina Peake. LIDEM's leadership called on its ministers to resign after Peake was dismissed as defence minister on December 20 after just a week on the job as Prime Minister Petr Necas said she lost his confidence as she sacked a number of top officials at the ministry against his will. Peake said her party will stay in the government following requests by coalition partners - Necas' Civic Democrats and TOP 09. Peake also said that LIDEM wants the three parties to hold talks on a new coalition agreement that will include a pledge that taxes will not be further increased in the government's current election term that expires in 2014. The row between Necas and Peake was the latest in a series of internal coalition infighting over policy disputes and corruption scandals that have seen the government's parliamentary support shrinking to just 98 votes in the 200-seat assembly from the original 118.

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