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Czech Mate? Looks like Czech Gov’t set to Collapse

WASHINGTON — The newly-formed cabinet in the Czech Republic government struggled to gain a vote of confidence by the country’s parliament.

czech republic govt [1]Reuters reports [2] 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 [3] and Romania have issues of their own [4], in addition to the debt problems of Greece [5] and Portugal [6], the struggling economies likeĀ Spain [7] and lack of German investor confidence [8].