President to meet with Social Democrat leader on new government line-up

President Miloš Zeman is to meet with Social Democrat leader and the country’s likely next prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka before the end of this week to discuss the line-up of the new government, the president’s spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told the ctk news agency on Tuesday. He said it was unlikely that the president would name Mr. Sobotka prime minister this week. The president is expected to raise reservations regarding a number of ministerial nominees and the heads of the three parties of the emerging centre-left coalition have pledged to take a united stand in backing the cabinet line-up. The Social Democrats, ANO and the Christian Democrats are to sign a coalition agreement on January 6th.