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DSD on the Czech Republic's Political World……..

Will the Czech Republic follow the UK in replacing social democrats with a coalition of more conservative parties?

This is a hard story to find all in one place (unless you, unlike me, have been following it all along), but here are some snippets:

From (of all places) al-Jazeera

Czech parties hold coalition talks”

Czech centre-right parties say they have reached broad agreement on priorities for the next government following a strong election win.

But they have cautioned that building a coalition would require tough negotiations.

Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president, said on Monday that he would refrain from immediately designating a new prime minister, but that a coalition seemed the only option after Saturday’s election.

The leftist Social Democrats (CSSD) won the most votes in the election, but combined gains by three centre-right parties, including two new ones, made it all but impossible for the left to take power. …

continued in much more detail at http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/05/2010531155019929513.html

From the BBC:

Czech voters move to the right in general election

Results from the Czech Republic’s general election suggest centre-right parties will form the next government.

Left-wing Social Democrats won most votes in the election, with 22%, but did far worse than opinion polls had been suggesting.

Jiri Paroubek quickly quit as leader of the party, saying the country was “on track for a right-wing coalition”.

The conservative Civic Democrats have 20.2%, but potential allies could boost that towards a majority.

One of them, TOP09, has 16.7%, while the centrist Public Affairs party has 10.9%.

It is still unclear who will become prime minister.

The big campaign issues included cutting the deficit, pension reform and stamping out corruption.

The country has had an interim administration since the centre-right government was toppled halfway through the country’s European Union presidency in March 2009.

continued at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/10180591.stm

And from “All Headline News” (whatever that is):

Center-right Parties To Form Czech Coalition Government

Danilo Gagelonia – AHN News

Prague, Czech Republic (AHN) – Czech Republic general election final results Saturday point to center-right parties forming the next government.

The Czech Statistical Office reported the centre-left Social Democrats (CSSD) placed first with 22.1 percent of the vote, the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS), came second with 20.2 percent, the rightist TOP 09, 16.7 percent, and centrist Public Affairs 10.9 percent.

Former prime minister Jiri Paroubek stepped down as CSSD leader, saying the country was “on track for a right-wing coalition”.

Meanwhile, ODS leader Petr Necas and CSSD first deputy chairman Bohuslav Sobotka are waiting for right-wing President Vaclav Klaus’ call to request the formation of a new government.

It is still unclear who will become prime minister.

The center-right parties plan big budget saving measures to save the republic from financial distress.

ODS election leader Petr Necas said of the election result: “It is great news that will allow the Czech Republic to avoid a repeat of the Greek scenario.”

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June 1, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Government, Media, Politics, Updates | ,

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