Czech VV party rules out coalition with large parties after May vote.

By bne IntelliNews May 5, 2010
The new extra-parliamentary party VV (Public Affairs) is not inclined to form a government coalition with big and conservative political parties like centre-left CSSD (Social Democrats) or the new conservative party TOP 09 following the May 28-29 general elections, VV head Radek John said. John also ruled out cooperation with leftist party KSCM (Communist). Recent polls showed that VV had increasing chances for entering the parliament's lower house following the vote. John expected his party to gain some 25 legislators in the 200-seat lower chamber. Among its conditions for cooperation with other parties after the elections, VV included efficient fight against corruption, halt to the state debt growth, fulfilment of the euro adoption criteria by 2012, preservation of the social solidarity principles, healthcare and social reforms as well as higher state support for education at the expense of the defence sector, among others. The importance of smaller parties increased as polls showed the two leading parties CSSD and centre-right ODS (Civic Democrats) would probably be unable to form a stable government on their own and would have to rely on coalitions.

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