The leader of the right-of-centre Civic Democrats, Mirek Topolanek has said his party is close to signing a coalition agreement with the Christian Democrats and the Greens. After a meeting of the newly elected MPs for the Civic Democrats on Tuesday, Mr Topolanek also said his party is not considering forming a minority government tolerated by the Social Democrats, the second biggest party in parliament, but he did not rule out the possibility either. The emerging three-party coalition would be one seat short of a majority in the lower house and would need support from the opposition to win a vote of confidence in the lower house.
The Czech football player Jiri Jarosik has signed a three-year contract with the Scottish Premier League champions Glasgow Celtic. The midfielder, who is 28, joins Celtic from Chelsea, where he failed to win a place in the first team. Jarosik could well face another Czech in Glasgow's famous Old Firm derbies' Libor Sionko recently signed for Glasgow Rangers.
Health Minister David Rath has issued a directive that extends the minimum daily office hours of general practitioners and dentists to seven hours. Up to date, doctors were only obliged to open their doors to patients for four hours and used the remaining time for administrative tasks or visits in patients' homes. Mr Rath says the number of doctors with short office hours is too high and hospitals have suffered as a result. While they should be attending to patients with serious medical problems, hospitals are often overwhelmed by patients with common health problems who seek their help because their doctors' offices are closed, Mr Rath says. Doctors' associations disagree with Mr Rath's decision and say it will harm the patients.
Czech Republic striker Milan Baros returned to full training on Tuesday after struggling with a foot injury and could play in Thursday's Group E match against Italy. Coach Karel Brueckner told reporters there was a chance Milan Baros will be fit for Thursday's match with Italy. The return of Baros would be greatly welcomed by the Czech team, who are much depleted ahead of the match, which they need to win to guarantee a place in the knock-out stage. Baros, top scorer at Euro 2004, had not trained properly since sustaining the injury in a June 3 friendly.
Czech soldiers in Iraq say security around their base close to the southern city of Basra has been worsening, with missile and mortar attacks threatening them and their mission. Military contingent commander Jiri Neubauer, whose unit has just completed its 3-month mission in Iraq, told journalists on Tuesday that tension between the different streams of Islam has made Basra the second most dangerous city after Baghdad. The Czech Republic has had a military presence in Iraq since December 2003. A Czech 100-member military police contingent operates as part of a multinational force with Danish and British soldiers.
The US pop star Madonna, who will appear in the Czech Republic for the first time in Prague's Sazka Arena on September 6, will stage one more concert at the same venue a day later, the Interkoncerts agency announced on Tuesday. Madonna's first concert in Prague was sold out in a record time of less than two hours after the Sazka company launched ticket sale from its terminals at non-stop petrol stations last Thursday night. The tickets to the other concert, which cost between 3,060 to 5,010 crowns (136 to 227 dollars), will be sold in the same way. The Sazka terminals will open at 01:15 on Friday.
The Independent Democrats, led by TV magnate turned politician Vladimir Zelezny, have filed a complaint with the Supreme Court in Brno against Czech TV's pre-election coverage. In the weeks prior to the elections, Czech Television aired a series of debates with leaders of the parties taking part in the election. The Independent Democrats, a smaller party, say they were not given the same amount of opportunity to promote their agenda as representatives of larger parties.
The police have postponed an investigation into an assault on a Communist Party representative. In Late April, several attackers beat Jiri Dolejs to the ground and kicked him in the head, while chanting anti-Communist slogans. Mr Dolejs suffered an injury to his eye and bruises to his face and ribs and he is scheduled to undergo a second operation on his retina in the summer. The police have not been able to identify Mr Dolejs' assailants.
Police say they have found the body of a little boy, who had been missing since last week. An extensive search operation was launched after five-year old Matej disappeared without a trace on board a train. The little boy was travelling with his mother. He walked off to the restroom by himself and never returned. The police found his body close to the railway tracks near the Moravian city Olomouc and suspect he had fallen out of the train.
The leader of the right-of-centre Civic Democrats, Mirek Topolanek has
said he rejected the conditions set by Social Democrat leader Jiri
Paroubek for his party's support. The Civic Democrats are trying to form a
coalition with two smaller parties, but the three would be one seat short
of a majority in the lower house and would need the Social Democrats'
support to win a vote of confidence in Parliament. Jiri Paroubek, whose
Social Democrats came second in recent elections, has said he would not
rule out supporting a government led by the election's winners if they
reconsidered their plans for a flat tax and the privatisation of public
Mr Toplanek and Mr Paroubek are scheduled to hold further talks at the end of the week.
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