Nečas appointed prime minister

President Václav Klaus has appointed Civic Democrat leader Petr Nečas as the country’s new prime minister, exactly one month after parties holding talks on forming a centre-right coalition won a decisive 118 seats in the general election. Mr Nečas was appointed by the president at Prague Castle on Monday shortly after 10 am. The Civic Democrat leader – in negotiations with two new parties TOP 09 and Public Affairs – will now have some time to put together the new centre-right cabinet before the start of a 30-day deadline by which the new government is bound to seek a confidence vote in Parliament. Mr Nečas has been pushing to conclude negotiations with the other parties by mid-July but negotiating teams have yet to agree on concrete ministerial posts as well as numerous key issues.