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Conservative leader becomes new Czech premier

Czech President Vaclav Klaus appointed a conservative leader Monday to become the country’s new prime minister.

Written by Associated Press | Prague | Published: June 28, 2010 3:52:14 pm

Czech President Vaclav Klaus appointed a conservative leader Monday to become the country’s new prime minister.

Following last month’s parliamentary elections,Petr Necas’ conservative Civic Democratic Party and two new parties – the conservative TOP 09 and the centrist Public Affairs – agreed to form a center-right coalition that would hold 118 seats in Parliament’s 200-seat lower chamber.

“We need a stable,hardworking Cabinet that will quickly deal with the state budget,” Necas said. His party wants to gradually eliminate the deficit expected to reach 5.3 percent this year.

The coalition wants to carry out health-care and pension reforms and fight corruption. It also proposes to reduce social benefits and charge tuition at universities.

It has no target date for adoption of the euro currency.

Klaus asked Necas on June 4 to lead coalition talks. The talks are expected to conclude soon,and Klaus is expected to appoint Necas’ new government by mid-July.

The new government must seek a confidence vote in Parliament within thirty days.

The Czech Republic has been run by a caretaker government since a three-party coalition led by the Civic Democrats lost a confidence vote in March 2009,in the middle of the Czech EU presidency.

Necas was Social Affairs Minister in the previous government.

The caretaker government formally resigned Friday but was asked by Klaus to govern until the new government is appointed.

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