New Czech government takes shape after coalition agreements reached

08:30, July 01, 2010      

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A new Czech government took shape on Wednesday after Prime Minister Petr Necas reached deals with two coalition partners.

Six portfolios will go to Necas' Civic Democratic Party (ODS), while the TOP 09 party and the Public Affairs party (VV) respectively will have five and four, the Czech News Agency (CTK) reported.

After tense discussions, ODS agreed to leave the finance ministry to Miroslav Kalousek, deputy chief of TOP 09, but with the provision that some of the minister's important decisions have to be countersigned by Necas, the CTK report said.

VV leader Radek John will become interior minister, but ODS insisted on having its own deputy minister to watch after John's strategic decisions, the CTK report said.

The composition of the new government was as follows, as announced by CTK:

Prime Minister - Petr Necas (ODS)

Agriculture - Ivan Fuksa (ODS)

Culture - Jiri Besser (TOP 09)

Defense - Alexandr Vondra (ODS)

Education - Josef Dobes (VV)

Environment - Pavel Drobil (ODS)

Finance - Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09)

Foreign affairs - Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09)

Health - Leos Heger (TOP 09)

Industry and trade - Martin Kocourek (ODS)

Interior - Radek John (VV)

Justice - Jiri Pospisil (ODS)

Labor and social affairs - Jaromir Drabek (TOP 09)

Local development - Kamil Jankovsky (VV)

Transport - Vit Barta (VV)

Source: Xinhua


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