Czech Republic

New Czech Government Loses Vote of Confidence

Not a great start

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The new Czech government has lost a confidence vote in parliament, making it likely that early elections will be held before the end of the year.

Last month, President Milos Zeman appointed a close ally, Jiri Rusnok, as prime minister despite the opposition of the main political parties.

Mr Rusnok won over some MPs, but lost Wednesday's vote by 93 to 100.

His predecessor Petr Necas resigned in June after a senior aide was charged with bribery and abuse of power.