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Czech president to name new government


Czech President Vaclav Klaus says he will name a new government today, potentially putting an end to a seven-month-long stalemate. Rightist Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek will lead the administration, after signing a three-party coalition deal in December. The premier’s Civic Democrats have joined forces with the Greens and centrist Christian Democrats.

But, after securing presidential backing, the grouping still needs to win a parliamentary vote of confidence. That could prove difficult because in June’s inconclusive election, rival leftists won an equal number of seats. Czechs have grown increasingly frustrated at the political crisis. Among its consequences, the country has been forced to abandon its target of adopting the euro currency in 2010.

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