The Czech Social Democrats received a green light from President Milos Zeman to form the country’s ninth government in a decade as they struggle to iron out differences over tax policy with their potential partners.
Czech Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka began talks on forming a government after defeating a party uprising sparked by a disappointing election win that had stalled the negotiations for two weeks.
The Czech Social Democrats sank into internal bickering before talks to form a government as they stake a return to power on a billionaire-backed party that opposes their key policy plan to increase taxes.
The Social Democrats, the winners of the Czech Republic’s snap election, reached out to parties with opposing policy goals after an unexpectedly close race set the course for protracted government talks.
A Czech artist waded into the election campaign by floating a giant purple hand on the Vltava river with its middle finger aimed at the Prague Castle, where he says President Milos Zeman is helping bring the Communists back to power.
The Czech Republic’s political deadlock was extended yesterday as President Milos Zeman’s defiance of lawmakers threatens to hamper the country’s ability to tackle its longest economic slump on record.
Former Prime Minister Milos Zeman was elected president of the Czech Republic in the country’s first direct vote following a campaign slamming the government’s austerity measures in the midst of a recession.