Czech PM Steps Down after Losing Confidence Vote

World | August 13, 2013, Tuesday // 14:17
Bulgaria: Czech PM Steps Down after Losing Confidence Vote Jiri Rusnok. Photo by EPA

The Czech cabinet led by Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok has handed its resignation to President Milos Zeman after losing a confidence vote last week.

Rusnok, an ally of Zeman, will stay on in a caretaker capacity pending a resolution of the political crisis, possibly by means of an early election that may take place in October, Euronews informs.

Rusnok was appointed by left-leaning President Milos Zeman in June following the resignation of former Prime Minister Petr Necas and the collapse of his center-right coalition.

The resignation of Necas’sgovernment came after his aide Jana Nagyova was accused of trading posts in state-owned companies for parliamentary seats and illegally using the military intelligence service to spy on people, including Necas’s wife, Radka Necasova, whom he was divorcing.

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