LIDEM party leadership to meet on January 3
The leader of coalition party LIDEM, Karolína Peake, has called a meeting of the party’s top leadership for January 3 to discuss its future in the current government. Following the firing of Mrs Peake as defence minister ahead of the holidays, LIDEM’s top leadership called on remaining party ministers to resign by January 10. The Civic Democrats led by Prime Minister Petr Nečas have indicated a hope that the current crisis can be quelled and have made clear they want to continue with LIDEM as a partner. A departure by the smallest party would badly weaken the already fragile government which would be far from sure it could secure a majority in the Chamber of Deputies. Mrs Peake has repeatedly suggested LIDEM has no intention of staying in the coalition but will head into opposition.