Czech coalition government faces vote of no confidence
The centre-right Czech government is going through its first major crisis since it took office in July. The coalition cabinet is facing a vote of no confidence over a corruption scandal at the Environment Ministry. Ahead of the vote, one of the coalition parties, Public Affairs, refused to pledge support for the cabinet, and walked out of Monday’s talks with its partners in the power-sharing deal. In a last-minute attempt to ensure backing for the government in the lower house, President Václav Klaus weighed in and met with coalition leaders.
While both the prime minister and the president said the only mistake Mr Drobil made was his poor choice of subordinates, one of whom blew the whistle on attempts to channel some 500 billion crowns from the ministry’s funds, and use the money to allegedly finance Mr Drobil’s career within the Civic Democrat party.
The junior coalition party, Public Affairs, have taken a very different stand. Party leader, Interior Minister Radek John said it was obvious broader changes needed to be made to curb corruption, one of them being the demise of the police president.
However, Prime Minister Nečas ignored the call of the Public Affairs party, which reacted by walking out of Monday’s meeting of the coalition that was supposed to muster support for the government in the upcoming vote of no-confidence.