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.
Operatives of a security firm which guards the Radio Free Europe building in Prague film and take photographs of "suspicious" pedestrians, Pravo reported on Saturday. While the RFE/Radio Liberty building is just off the top of Wenceslas Square, the plain-clothes security guards operate as far away as Mustek, at the very bottom of the square, said the paper, quoting a source close to the station. Pravo said the film and photographs are sent to secret services in the USA.
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.
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