New caretaker government takes office

President Václav Klaus has named the country’s new interim government to office. 16 new ministers were sworn in at Prague Castle shortly after four pm on Friday. The move was a final step in ending a crisis which ensued when the previous cabinet was defeated by the opposition in a vote of no-confidence (which took place in March). One of the main goals of the new caretaker cabinet, led by Prime Minister Jan Fischer, will be to see through the remaining two months of the Czech EU presidency, as well as to lead the country to early elections. At the ceremony on Friday, Czech President Václav Klaus expressed confidence the government would be successful in facing its tasks ahead.

Author: Jan Velinger