There is a further twist in the political stalemate that has been crippling the Czech Republic since June. A centre-right government led by Mirek Topolonek has resigned after losing a confidence vote last week. Topolonek’s Civic Democrats were sworn in as a minority government only a month ago, but failed to win the backing of the leftist Social Democrats and communists.
The Civic Democrats won elections in June, but not enough votes to secure a parliamentary majority. The country’s president Vaclav Klaus says he will now begin talks again with all five political parties in lower house. Topolonek’s cabinet will stay in office in a caretaker capacity, until a new prime minister and government are named.