President to opt for interim government

According to news reports, President Miloš Zeman on Tuesday will reveal plans for forming an interim government as a solution to the ongoing government crisis. A close ally of Mr Zeman’s, former finance minister Jiří Rusnok, is being described as a favourite for the post of prime minister designate. A technocratic government could theoretically rule either until a scheduled national election next year or for a shorter period leading up to early elections. The Czech news agency reported that the president is in favour of the cabinet including government, business and union leaders. If he keeps his word, the decision will scupper the centre-right coalition’s proposal for candidate Miroslava Němcová to become the country’s first female prime minister.

Author: Jan Velinger