Czechs divided over whether PM should ask lower house for confidence vote

Czech society is divided over whether Prime Minister Andrej Babiš should ask the lower house for a vote of confidence in his minority government, according to the outcome of a poll conducted by the Median agency for Czech Radio.

47 percent of respondents said the prime minister should seek a confidence vote in the lower house after the Communist Party officially withdrew its support for the minority government of ANO and Social Democrats. The majority of those in favour of such a move are in the 18 to 20 age bracket. 61 percent of entrepreneurs are also in favour.

The opposition grouping Spolu recently urged the prime minister to initiate a vote of confidence in the lower house, but he refused, accusing the opposition of trying to destabilize the situation in the midst of a pandemic and escalating tensions with Russia. General elections in the country are six months away.