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Prime Minister Topolanek faces no-confidence vote

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Video by Angela YEOH

Latest update : 2009-03-24

The Czech Chamber of Deputies has gathered to vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, the fifth such vote since he took office in January 2007. The Czech Republic currently holds the EU presidency.

AFP - Czech deputies gathered to vote Tuesday on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, halfway through the country's European Union presidency.
  
Filed by the leftist opposition, the no-confidence vote is the fifth since Topolanek's government took office in January 2007 and comes as it struggles to cope with the economic crisis.
  
Together the opposition Social Democrats and Communists have 97 seats in the 200-seat lower house. They would need backing from at least four out of seven independent lawmakers to reach the 101 votes needed for the motion to pass.
  
"The government is harming this country. It is neither capable of resolving the impact nor the cause of the crisis," Social Democrat head Jiri Paroubek told reporters shortly before the vote.
  
Topolanek spent early Tuesday trying to persuade rebel Green party deputies in his ruling coalition to reject the motion, Czech television reported.
  
While Topolanek expressed confidence in the vote the previous day, his coalition of Civic Democrats (ODS) Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and the Greens, has just 96 seats in the lower house.
  

Date created : 2009-03-24

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