Prime minister to be named within days

President Miloš Zeman has said he will appoint Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka prime minister within a few days. Zeman said that Sobotka had fulfilled all the conditions that he had laid down. He added in the interview with the Reuters news agency that it was highly realistic the Cabinet would be created by the end of the month. The head of state repeated that he still has misgivings over the proposed list of ministers in the likely three-way coalition. Zeman is expected to explain his stance in a press conference ahead of a meeting with Sobotka on Friday afternoon. Sobotka has stressed there should be no delay approving the cabinet once he is named prime minister.

Author: Chris Johnstone