PM Fischer calls meeting on government’s mandate

Caretaker Prime Minister Jan Fischer has invited party leaders to a meeting on Friday to debate the government’s mandate for the next six months. It is not clear how many parties will send their representatives. A separate meeting on the same subject was held on Monday night at the instigation of Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek and only attended by Civic Democrat, Christian Democrat and TOP09 representatives. There is controversy over the caretaker government’s mandate with the Civic Democrats expressing concern that it could be hijacked by left-wing parties in Parliament.