Coalition survives fourth vote of no confidence

The coalition government survived yet another vote of no confidence on Wednesday. Only 89 out of 101 needed MPs voted against the government, with a record number of 22 parliamentarians absent. All 89 members of the governing Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and LIDEM parties who were present voted in favour of the government, as did independent MP Michal Doktor and Public Affairs’ Milan Šťovíček. The vote was preceded by six and a half hours of debate that Prime Minister Petr Nečas said was senseless political theatre. Opposition leader Bohuslav Sobotka said the vote was essential in spite of its failure, as the debate cast light on the coalition’s attempts to impede the police and the justice system. It was the fourth vote of no confidence that the current government has faced.