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PM obliged to convoke coalition talks in three days

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Prague, July 7 (CTK) – The coalition agreement of the Czech government parties will newly include a deadline of three working days by which Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) must convoke a negotiating meeting of the three parties, ANO deputy chairman Jaroslav Faltynek said yesterday.
Faltynek said if Sobotka were on a foreign trip, the coalition partners calling for the negotiations would of course wait for him longer.
The leading politicians of the coalition parties agreed on this and other issues tonight, but the changes are more or less technical modifications and they do not influence the contents of the agreement, Christian Democrat (KDU-CSL) lower house group’s head Jiri Mihola said after the meeting.
ANO demanded changes in the coalition agreement in connection with a dispute about a police shake-up signed by Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (CSSD) in June. ANO claimed that the Social Democrats want to get rid of detectives dealing with cases in which CSSD representatives are involved.
Chovanec yesterday presented the proposed shake-up within which the anti-mafia and anti-corruption police squads are to merge in August.
“The debate was rather long. The government wants to hear how these affairs are developing,” Faltynek said.
He said Chovanec should report about the incorporation of the comments made by state attorneys into the planned shake-up at the next meeting of coalition leaders.
Mihola said the discussion about the police was rather sharp. However, there was not enough time to deal with the police shake-up thoroughly because the coalition council had to talk about many other issues, he said.

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