Election-winning blocs agree coalition deal, divide ministries

Two blocs that ran in recent Czech general elections have reached agreement on a coalition deal. Together, featuring the Civic Democrats, the Christian Democrats and TOP09, and the Pirates & Mayors have 108 seats in the lower house. The five parties are due to sign an agreement on Monday under which there will be 18 cabinet members, including in the new posts of minister for legislation, for the EU and for science, research and innovation.

As well as Petr Fiala becoming PM, Together nominees well serve as the ministers of finance, defence, labour, transport, health, justice, agriculture, environment, arts and science, research and innovation.

The Pirates and Mayors will receive the interior, industry, education, regional development, foreign affairs, legislation and European affairs briefs.

Author: Ian Willoughby