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Public Affairs terminate coalition agreement

ČTK |
24 April 2012

Prague, April 23 (CTK) - The Public Affairs (VV) will terminate the Czech coalition agreement on Tuesday and the party will go into "constructive opposition," party leader Radek John said Monday.

The VV does not want to support any longer all the proposals agreed on in the government, John said.

It is not yet clear whether the VV deputies will support the government in the confidence vote on Friday.

The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and TOP 09 consider the coalition government agreement terminated after the VV decided to unilaterally terminate it Monday, Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas (ODS) has told journalists.

Necas said on account of this, the planned last meeting of the parties' leadership scheduled for Tuesday did not make sense any longer.

In the evening, the VV board decided to terminate the coalition agreement with the two parties as of Tuesday, not as of Friday, as agreed by the three parties leaders, Necas, Karel Schwarzenberg and John, on Sunday.

Necas said earlier he considered the VV's decision irrational and hysterical.

On Friday, the government will ask the Chamber of Deputies for confidence. If the government fails in the vote, the Chamber of Deputies should be dissolved by May 3, Necas said.

The ODS considers an "institutional agreement" with the grouping around Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake, who has left the VV, the only solution to the government crisis, Necas said.

He said it did not insist on Peake creating a new deputies' group. For this, ten deputies are needed, but Peake does not yet have them.

If the confidence vote shows support to the government, the ODS will want to sign a a coalition agreement with Peake's grouping, identical with the existing one, Necas said, adding that it sought an institutional agreement, but did not insist on the deputies' group.

The coalition of the ODS, TOP 09 and VV had 118 votes after the 2010 general elections.

Katerina Klasnova (VV) said Monday she decided to resign as Chamber of Deputies deputy chairwoman because she rejects "bargaining" about posts in negotiations about further support to the current government after the split of the VV.

Klasnova said she has already informed Chamber of Deputies chairwoman Miroslava Nemcova (ODS) and that she will also make the announcement at Tuesday s plenary session of the lower house of parliament.

Klasnova said at a press conference she can see no reason for being bound with the government through the post of deputy chairwoman of the Chamber of Deputies.

She said she remains in the party for which she was elected, that is the VV.

Klasnova said she knows that not only the VV "splinter" faction formed around Peake, but also another government party and Necas have been trying to persuade VV deputies to defect to Peake's side.

Klasnova wrote to her fellow party members Monday that the Sunday meeting of the chairmen of the three government coalition parties who agreed on termination of the coalition agreement was only informative.

"No conclusions nor agreements were made!," Klasnova wrote in the letter.

The VV split last week when Peake, until then VV deputy chairwoman, announced she is leaving the VV because she does not agree with the situation in the party.

The party was dominated by Vit Barta, VV deputy group head until he was convicted of bribery on April 13. Klasnova is Barta's wife.

Peake said in a press release Monday that a total of eight rebels, including herself, have left the VV for her newly established platform, and another two are ready to support the government, though neither of them plans to join the group of deputies she is trying to establish.

Peake said one of the two is VV deputy Milan Stovicek.

The other one is VV deputy Miroslav Petran, according to the server Aktualne.cz.

If Peake secured support of eight or nine allies, along with the ODS and TOP 09 they would have a close majority of 101 or 102 seats in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies.

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