Civic Democrats may postpone key vote until after party congress

The governing Civic Democratic Party is considering moving back a vote on the government’s stabilisation package, which Prime Minister, and Civic Democratic chairman Petr Nečas, has tied to a vote of confidence. The prime minister himself has neither confirmed nor denied the move, however party insiders have indicated the vote may be postponed until after the party’s congress, where the leadership can vie for greater support. Several Civic Democrat MPs have sided with the opposition to oppose the bill, which entails increasing VAT rates by one percent.