Social Democrats file no-confidence motion

The opposition Social Democrats have filed a no-confidence motion against the coalition government in response to allegations of corruption at the Environment Ministry. The vote on the government is to take place on Tuesday. The centre-right coalition, which holds 118 of 200 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, should be able to pass. The no-confidence motion is the first against the three-party coalition since it assumed office in mid-July.

On Wednesday, Environment Minister Pavel Drobil announced his resignation following allegations he tried to cover up corruption in his department by a chief advisor who appears to have tried to manipulate state contracts; the Social Democrats have charged, however, that the move did not go far enough, suggesting the prime minister also knew about the case earlier. Social Democrat regional governor Michal Hašek said the prime minister should also step down, unless he explained his steps.

Author: Jan Velinger