Klaus meets with Fischer on government crisis

President Václav Klaus met with the Prime Minister Saturday morning to discuss the government crisis. Speaking after the opening of the Prague half marathon, Mr Klaus said it would be irresponsible to change the government with only weeks to go before Parliamentary elections. The president denied that any “dramatic” situation was underway. He said that if necessary Mr Fischer himself could take over the running of the environmental ministry as well as the duties of outgoing human rights minister Michael Kocáb.

Prime Minister Fischer heads a caretaker government of appointed experts put together by the major parties after the previous elected government of Mirek Topolánek lost a vote of no confidence in early 2009.