President briefed on coalition talks

President Zeman and the Social Democrat leader met at Prague Castle on Thursday afternoon to discuss matters relating to the emerging coalition government. Mr. Sobotka said after the talks that there had been no areas of friction between them and that he saw no indication the president might try to artificially prolong the process of appointing a new government to office. The Social Democrat leader said talks on policy matters were advancing well and he hoped to have a coalition agreement by mid-December.