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Czech minority coalition government faces no-confidence vote – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2021-06-03 04:51:53 –

Prague (AP) — The Czech coalition government, led by populist Prime Minister Andrey Bavis, faced a vote of no confidence in parliament …

Prague (AP)-The Czech coalition, led by populist Prime Minister Andrey Bavis, faced a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday about its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Five opposition parties also demanded a vote as the prosecution is considering whether to prosecute Babis on suspicion of fraud involving European Union funds. In the case, he concluded that he was in conflict of interest over EU subsidies related to his previous business empire.

Babis denies cheating.

Opposition lawmakers have also criticized the government’s lack of support in a diplomatic dispute with Russia over alleged involvement of Russian spies in a large-scale ammunition detonation explosion in 2014.

The Babis centrist ANO (YES) movement is in the minority government along with the leftist Social Democratic Party. Recently, it has lost support from the Communist Party.

But after the Communists have shown that they have no plans to vote against the government, the opposition does not have enough votes to expel the government.

In the unlikely event that the opposition succeeds, President Milos Zeman said he would urge the government to continue his tenure until the parliamentary elections scheduled for early October.

The Czech Republic is one of the most devastated European countries by the pandemic. In this country with a population of 10.7 million, approximately 1.7 million cases have been confirmed and more than 30,000 have died. The recent decline in the number of new infections has allowed the government to relax restrictions on the coronavirus.

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