Public Affairs told to toe the line on reforms

Prime Minister Petr Nečas has told the junior coalition party Public Affairs that if they continue to oppose key reforms they will be asked to leave the government. According to the internet daily aktuane.cz the prime minister issued the warning at Wednesday’s meeting of coalition leaders, at which the junior party opposed the bill on health reform because of disputes over what should constitute standard and above standard heath care. The prime minister reportedly told the party that unless agreement on the bill was reached within a week they should leave the Cabinet. The two stronger parties in government –the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 – have repeatedly criticized Public Affairs for playing the role of an opposition party within the government in order to increase its flagging popularity with the public.