President Klaus demands fast progress on political crisis
President Václav Klaus called for a fast solution to the ongoing political crisis on Monday. He said an outgoing government was only half a government and the country wanted a fully functioning one. Negotiations between the country’s two biggest political parties are set to continue on what sort of transitional government should replace the toppled centre-right coalition. Five days after the defeat of the centre-right coalition government in a confidence vote, leaders of the right-wing Civic Democrats and left-wing Social Democrats have only agreed that early elections should take place in the autumn. Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek has so far stuck to his demands that a government of experts takes over. Outgoing Prime Minister and Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek says a transitional government should have a clear political mandate.