The political turmoil in the Czech Republic could take a new turn today as opposition Social Democrats attempt to force out Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek.
Topolankek’s minority centre-right has been long hampered by its weak standing in parliament and the Social Democrats could succeed in bringing down the existing Czech cabinet. Topolanek, meanwhile, is shoring up support and seeking backing from his junior coaltion partner, the Green Party. A vote is expected today – but the result is simply too close to call. The cabinet has suffered from constant factional in- fighting and had wobbled ever since it was appointed in 2007. Social Democratic leader Jiri Paroubek says he wants the cabinet to say on until June to avoid changing the team during the country’s EU presidency. What the Czech Republic desperately needs is political stability to help tackle a severe economic downturn. But for now that seems a long way off.