WASHINGTON — The newly-formed cabinet in the Czech Republic government struggled to gain a vote of confidence by the country’s parliament.
Reuters reports that the Czech cabinet, formed by leftist allies of Presient Milos Zeman, lost a vote of confidence by parliamentarians this past Wednesday.
What does this mean? A standoff continues between Zeman and parliament, an ongoing saga of two months now.
It was very close, with 100 against, 93 in favor and 7 no present. This means in a parliamentary democracy that there is no clear majority to rule the country and deadlock will continue. The next step would be a dissolution and earlier-than-expected parliamentary elections.
This is one of several European Union countries undergoing domestic turmoil. Bulgaria and Romania have issues of their own, in addition to the debt problems of Greece and Portugal, the struggling economies like Spain and lack of German investor confidence.