Talks on new government could soon produce results

President Vaclav Klaus indicated on Thursday that talks on forming a new government could soon produce results. In the course of the past week the president met with representatives of four parliamentary parties -the Civic Democrats, the Social Democrats, the Christian Democrats and the Green Party - in order to ascertain their position on a future government set up. He is expected to meet with representatives of the Communist Party next Tuesday after which Mr. Klaus should announce who he will entrust with the task of forming a new government.

Green Party representatives with whom he met on Thursday have put forward two possible solutions both of which lead to early elections in 2007. Party leader Martin Bursik said that in the meantime the country should be governed by a caretaker government which would be acceptable to all.