Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek says a coalition he is hoping to form with
the Christian Democrats and the Greens should undergo a vote of confidence
by the middle of January. The Civic Democrat leader said on a TV debate
programme that he would present the president with a list of cabinet
members by next Thursday.
A previous attempt by Mr Topolanek to form a government with the Christian Democrats and the Greens failed as the alliance was one vote short of a majority. The Civic Democrats, who came first in elections in June, say this time they hope to win the support of deputies from other parties.
Officials say there is no danger of a leak of radioactive waste found on the site of a former pig farm in Nalzovice, central Bohemia. The head of the State Office for Nuclear Safety, Dana Drabova, said the levels of radiation found there on Saturday were not "alarming". A specialised company is now preparing to clear up the site.
Police shut down a rock concert attended by about 120 right-wing extremists in Ceske Budejovice on Saturday night. The lyrics of one song by a group called Imperium constituted incitement to hatred, said a police spokesperson. Seven arrests were made. The Tolerance watchdog group said it was the first time the police had intervened to break up a meeting of that type for three years.
The executive council of the Civic Democratic Party unanimously agreed on
Friday to begin talks on forming a government with the Christian Democrats
and the Greens. A previous attempt to form such a coalition failed as the
alliance was one vote short of a majority. The Civic Democrats, who came
first in elections in June, say this time they hope to win the support of
deputies from other parties.
However, the Christian Democrats could scupper this plan: they say they will not take part in a coalition elected with the support of turn-coat deputies.
Meanwhile, the leftist Social Democrats have issued a call on two rebel MPs to return to the party's deputies group.
A new Arabic-Czech dictionary has been launched. Four authors spent a decade preparing the dictionary, which is based on the literary Arabic of the last 20 years. Around 40 students are admitted to study Arabic at Prague's Charles University every two years. It is also taught at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen and at language schools around the Czech Republic.
The plug has been pulled on a project to increase internet access in Czech schools, Czech Television reported. The Education Ministry was due to receive a billion crowns a year for this purpose until 2010, but deputies refused to approve it in the 2007 budget. The Association of School IT Experts condemned the move; a spokesperson said Greece was the only state in the EU with worse school internet provision.