Zeman seeks support for Rusnok cabinet

President Miloš Zeman is meeting with representatives of all parliamentary parties in a bid to secure support for the Rusnok caretaker government. Following brief consultations with Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok on Monday morning, the president is holding talks with representatives of the Civic Democratic Party, TOP 09 and the opposition Social Democrats. While the centre-right Civic Democrats and TOP 09 have ruled out support for the caretaker administration the opposition Social Democrats have indicated that under certain circumstances they might be prepared to tolerate the Rusnok government. The caretaker cabinet would need a simple majority to win a vote of confidence and the centre-right parties, who claim to have a 101 votes in the lower house, are determined to prevent that happening.