Lower house holds first meeting since elections

The lower house of the Czech Parliament has begun holding its first meeting since general elections at the end of May. One hundred and fourteen of the 200 elected to the Chamber of Deputies are new and were sworn in for the first time on Tuesday. The session was interrupted until Thursday morning, when MPs are expected to vote on the posts of chair and vice chair. Miroslava Němcová of the Civic Democrats is expected to become speaker, while there will be three deputy speakers, compared to five in the last parliament.

The Civic Democrats are currently in talks on forming a centre-right government with TOP 09 and Public Affairs, with the three parties holding 118 seats in the lower house between them. They say they aim to sign a coalition agreement by the end of the first week of July.

Author: Ian Willoughby