The Czech Republic’s centre-right government has narrowly survived a vote of no-confidence. Ninety seven deputies backed the governing coalition while 96 voted against and three abstained. The motion was brought by the leftist opposition which has criticised leaders for constant infighting and forcing through unpopular reforms.
But it is the government’s plans to host a US missile defence base on Czech soil which have proved most unpopular with voters: “This government coalition has gambled its existence on the building of the radar base. If the plans for the base fall through, then the government will fall,” said a protestor outside the parliament building.
This was the fourth no-confidence vote the cabinet has survived since it took office at the beginning of 2007. It comes just before Prague takes over the rotating presidency of the EU in January.