Czech president to appoint new govt on July 13

Czech President Klaus will appoint a centre-right government headed by PM Necas on July 13, Klaus said.

Czech president to appoint new govt on July 13

 

Czech President Vaclav Klaus will appoint a centre-right government headed by Prime Minister Petr Necas on July 13, Klaus said on his website on Wednesday, clearing the way for major economic reforms planned by the incoming cabinet.

Necas, the leader of economically liberal Civic Democrats, has been in talks with the conservative TOP09 and centrist Public Affairs to form a cost-cutting cabinet, after the three won 118 of parliament's 200 seats in a May election.

Necas was appointed prime minister on June 28. Since then the parties have agreed on most budget consolidation issues as well as individual government positions.

Parties are expected to end talks on programme issues on Wednesday and resolve procedural issues of the cabinet's functioning by the end of the week.

After the appointment by Klaus, the cabinet will have 30 days to win a confidence vote in parliament, which should be no problem given the parties' majority. This would be the biggest majority held by any Czech government since the country split from Slovakia in 1993.

The administration plans to cut the 2011 budget deficit to 4.6 percent of gross domestic product from 5.3 percent planned for this year, and overhaul the pension and healthcare systems.

The central European EU member has relatively low debt and has avoided funding problems in the financial crisis.

But its export-reliant economy suffered from a sharp drop in western European demand and the government must rework its fiscal framework to stem a sharp rise in borrowing.
 

Reuters

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