Civic Democrats hope to have nominee by Friday

Acting Civic Democratic Party chairman Martin Kuba says the party wants to find a suitable replacement for outgoing prime minister Petr Nečas by Friday, when he is due to meet with President Miloš Zeman to discuss the crisis. The party is hoping to find a nominee for prime minister designate who would be acceptable both for the Civic Democrats coalition partners –TOP 09 and LIDEM –and President Miloš Zeman who will ultimately decide who to charge with the task of forming the next cabinet.

The president has said he will meet separately with all party leaders over the coming weekend to discuss the possibilities.