Outgoing PM indicates support for minority Civic Democrat government far from certain

In related news, negotiations on a minority Civic Democrat government may face complications: on Monday outgoing Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek suggested to reporters that if negotiations continued in the vein they have until now, Social Democrat support for such a government was "unlikely". Mr Paroubek would not comment on reasons behind the latest statement, but it is known from earlier negotiations that the Social Democrats want a say in the government line-up, including putting forward the names of unaffiliated experts. Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolanek, meanwhile, commented Mr Paroubek's statement saying it could be connected to the president's recent promise that Mr Paroubek could also - in a certain phase [of post-election developments] - be entrusted with trying to form a government.

Author: Jan Velinger