Raising a glass to stability. Czech President Vaclav Klaus named a new government led by rightist Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek as the country tries to extract itself from a seven-month crisis sparked by an inconclusive election. Topolanek has formed a three-party coalition with the centrist Christian Democrats, the Green Party and his own rightist Civic Democrats.
But the coalition has only 100 seats in the 200-seat parliament. The fledgling government now faces a confidence vote within the next 30 days. Key to Topolanek’s chances of winning the vote will be two deputies who have left the leftist Social Democrat opposition to sit as independents.