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Czech PM to win confidence vote as rebels give up

Reuters |
7 November 2012

The Czech center-right cabinet will survive a parliamentary vote of confidence today after a group of backbenchers in the ruling center-right Civic Democratic Party gave up a rebellion threatening to bring down Prime Minister Petr Nečas. He has been struggling to keep afloat his cabinet, unpopular due to two years of austerity policies and a series of graft scandals, after defections wiped away his three-party coalition's parliamentary majority.

Tattooed artist challenges politicians for Czech presidency

AFP |
7 November 2012

An eccentric artist with a tattooed face, an aristocrat and a master statistician are among candidates vying for the Czech presidency in a first direct election scheduled for January.

Resurrection of the Marxist old guard

Respekt |
6 November 2012

For the first time since 1989, on 13 October, Czech communists have won elections in two regions, and their party is now hoping to extend its influence in general elections slated for 2014. However, reporting from the Karlovy Vary region, the weekly Respekt remarks that the communists have barely changed since the heyday of the single party.

PM fends off party challenge, still faces tax rebellion

Reuters |
5 November 2012

PM Petr Nečas won re-election as head of the center-right Civic Democrats on Sunday and must quickly tackle a rebellion among the party's backbenchers that could bring down his cabinet this week. The leadership challenge came from one of a group of dissenters who oppose Nečas's plans to hike taxes next year. The rebels could still bring down Nečas in a confidence motion tied to the tax bill and due for a vote on Wednesday.

Švejnar: Steering clear of political bargaining

Prague Post |
2 November 2012

Ex-presidential candidate Švejnar talks elections and economics

PM's support shrinks to minority as rebel deputy quits

Reuters |
1 November 2012

Prime Minister Petr Nečas's support in parliament dwindled to a minority on Wednesday when a deputy quit the ruling party, heightening a rebellion in its ranks and raising the risk of a government collapse next week. The departure cut the centre-right coalition's official numbers in the lower house of parliament to 99 out of 200 seats, intensifying pressure on Nečas before a vote on unpopular tax hikes after a congress of his party over the weekend.

PM delays tax bill vote as row shifts to congress

Business Week/Bloomberg |
31 October 2012

Parliament postponed a vote on tax increases that is tied to a confidence motion in the government, as Premier Petr Nečas's struggle to win backing for his austerity policies shifts to a weekend party congress. Nečas is battling to win support for the package of measures he says are needed to cut the budget deficit next year as a group of deputies from his Civic Democratic Party, or ODS, opposes his tax plan.

Return of a leftist heavyweight

Prague Post |
26 October 2012

For former Prime Minister Miloš Zeman, the castle is a means to a political end.

PM fails to reach deal with rebels on tax rises

Reuters |
24 October 2012

Prime Minister Petr Nečas failed to win support on Tuesday from party rebels threatening to bring down his cabinet over an unpopular bill to raise taxes, raising the likelihood of an early election. Nečas said he would hold more talks with the rebels but said there could be no deal if their real motivation, as suspected by many in the party, was to destroy him ahead of a party congress on Nov 2-4. "If this is about the matter and not about a power shift in the ODS, we can agree and the cabinet will not fall," Nečas said.

Time running out for prime minister to save government

Reuters |
23 October 2012

Prime Minister Petr Nečas will on Tuesday make possibly his last attempt to win the support of a rebellious party faction that is threatening to bring down his cabinet over a plan to hike taxes.

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