New cabinet causes serious rift in Christian Democratic Party


The deal on a caretaker government has led to a serious rift within the Christian Democrats of the outgoing coalition. The party leadership ruled on Wednesday that it would not support the emerging Fischer cabinet, a decision that caused a public rift. At least five deputies, including Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek on Wednesday pledged to support the caretaker administration, despite a threat from the party leader that if they broke with the party line they would not be allowed to run for the party in the European and parliamentary elections.