The Czech Republic’s ruling party, has proposed the popular lower house speaker Miroslava Nemcova to become the country’s first woman prime minister.
Her possible appointment follows the resignation of premier Petr Necas in a corruption scandal.
But the political crisis is far from over. The centre-right Civic Democrats need the support of their coalition partners and at least one independent to win a vote of confidence.
President Milos Zeman accepted Necas’s resignation on Monday. When he quit, according to the Czech constitution, the whole government went too. Leftist Zeman opposes the coalition and plans to hold talks with other parties next week.
If no deal on a new premier and cabinet is reached it could mean early elections: This would favour the opposition Social Democrats who are currently riding high in opinion polls.