Zeman: Interim cabinet could remain in place for some time even without approval

Speaking ahead of the confidence vote, President Miloš Zeman said that if MPs didn’t approve the interim cabinet it could remain in place for some time. Mr. Zeman told the lower house that he would not charge a new prime minister with forming a government as long as an investigation centred on a former aide to the previous prime minister was ongoing; the arrest of Jana Nagyová on charges of abetting bribery and abuse of office helped bring down the last government, headed by Petr Necaš. The prosecutor in the case says it could take several weeks for the investigation to be completed. Under the constitution, there is no time limit under which the president would have to task a second prime minister with forming a cabinet.

Author: Ian Willoughby