ANO and Social Democrats reach agreement on coalition text

ANO chairman Andrej Babiš and Social Democrats leader Jan Hamáček say they have reached agreement on the text of a coalition agreement between the two parties. Mr. Hamáček said on Monday evening that the document was in his view acceptable to the Social Democrats and that party leaders would discuss it on Friday.

The Social Democrats’ demand that a member of the government step down if convicted has been met, Mr. Hamáček said. The proviso was previously a sticking point between the two parties and relates to the fact that Mr. Babiš is facing criminal charges of abusing EU subsidies.

The two-party minority government would be supported by the Communists on key votes in the lower house.