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Czech prime minister loses confidence vote

Czech prime minister loses confidence vote
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Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok is to resign after losing a confidence vote.

An ally of President Milos Zeman, left-leaning Rusnok was appointed in June following the resignation of former Prime Minister Petr Necas and the collapse of his centre-right coalition.

The three centre-right parties that oppose Rusnok gathered enough votes in parliament to trigger the confidence vote, which ended with 100 voting against the president’s ally and 93 in favour.

Rusnok will likely stay in power pending discussions among political parties on holding an early election before the end of the year.

A stand-off between the president and the centre-right parties that has crippled policymaking since June.

Necas and his centre-right government fell after his Chief of Staff Jana Nagyova became embroiled in scandal.

Nagyova was accused of trading posts in state-owned companies for parliamentary seats, and also of illegally using the military intelligence service to spy on people, including Necas’s wife, Radka Necasova, whom he was divorcing.