One year after the death of former Czech President Vaclav Havel, a global icon in fighting dictatorship, his persecutors’ political heirs have national power in their sight for the first time since 1989.
Czech Premier Petr Necas pledged to continue deficit cuts that helped reduce borrowing costs after a defeat in regional elections threaten to weaken him as the leader of the coalition government and his party.
Czech parliament postponed a vote on tax increases that is tied to a confidence motion in the government, as Premier Petr Necas’s struggle to win backing for his austerity policies shifts to a weekend party congress.
Czech Premier Petr Necas’s lawmakers failed to agree today on backing a government bill that includes tax increases ahead of a parliamentary debate on the proposal, CTK newswire reported, citing deputy Marek Snajdr.
The Czech Civic Democrats will cut budget spending and prevent rising debt from pushing the country into a Greek-style financing crisis if they lead a government following elections this month, the party’s leader said.
A group of lawmakers from the Czech ruling coalition opposes any increases in taxes as part of government measures aimed at cutting the budget deficit, Radio Impuls reported, citing deputy Petr Tluchor.