There is no immediate end in sight for the political stalemate which has paralysed the Czech Republic’s political scene since a June ballot. The country appears headed for an early election after a small centrist party bowed out of coalition talks because it doesn’t want to depend on the Communist vote.
Christian Democrat chairman Miroslav Kalousek said his party would not take part in any government which would rely on the Communist vote. Announcing his resignation, Kalousek also declared an immediate end to negotiations with the Social Democrats, the number two force in parliament.
It is now up to conservative prime-minister designate Mirek Topolanek to make the next move. He has said all options to form a stable government have been exhausted and wants an early election. With the Social Democrats refusing to support any government formed by Topolanek that might very well be the only possible outcome.