Next speaker of lower house could be from TOP 09

In related news, the centre-right Civic Democrats have promised they will back a candidate from TOP 09 to become the next speaker of the lower house if President Zeman names coalition hopeful Miroslava Němcová prime minister designate. The president is to announce his decision on Tuesday. Representatives agreed in talks held on Saturday evening that voting on the next speaker would precede a confidence vote on the next government. If Ms Nemcová becomes prime minister she will head a renewed centre-right coalition until next May, when Czechs will vote in a national election.

Author: Jan Velinger