Gross has good chance of succeeding as prime minister, say analysts
After weeks of negotiations, Stanislav Gross has finally been appointed prime minister. But with a very slim majority in the Chamber of Deputies - and divisions within his Social Democratic Party - what are the chances of the youthful Mr Gross succeeding as head of government? Political scientist, Jiri Pehe:
The present government coalition is facing lots of problems. Its public support is declining. Stanislav Gross is a very popular politician but does he have a chance to change anything?
The newly formed government is due to remain in office until 2006 - but with a majority of just one, what are the chances of Mr Gross's cabinet staying the course? That's a question we put to Vladimira Dvorakova from the University of Economics:
"I think there is a chance to finish this term. It will really depend whether the situation in the Social Democratic Party would be stabilised. This is now the greatest question mark because it's clear that not everybody in the Social Democratic Party is very happy to have Gross as the prime minister or in effect as a chief of the party. There will be a congress in spring 2005 there will be probably elections of the new leadership. Anything like that can influence the stability of the coalition but there is no strong will for preterm elections in Social Democratic Party because public opinion polls show very low prestige of Social Democracy. So they will probably try to use all the term to show some positive results of their government."