Topolanek wants minority cabinet with broad support

The leader of the Civic Democrats, Mirek Topolanek, is now considering trying to establish a minority government supported by the Social Democrats, the Christian Democrats and the Green Party, Mlada fronta Dnes reported on Saturday. Mr Topolanek has been trying in vain to form a government since elections two months ago.

The chairman of the Social Democrats, outgoing prime minister Jiri Paroubek, said the new plan was innovative but would not find support either in his party or the two smaller ones.

President Vaclav Klaus has given Mr Topolanek until the first week of August to form a government.

Author: Ian Willoughby