Mon, Dec 11, 2006 - Page 6 News List

Czech Republic struggling to build new government

NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE , PRAGUE

After that, Paroubek said, Topolanek can form a government on his own and risk another parliamentary no-confidence vote.

If Topolanek's next attempt at forming a government fails, the speaker of the Czech parliament's lower chamber -- not the president -- will appoint a new prime minister for a third try.

The speaker is now a Social Democrat and while he has agreed to step down, electing a new speaker will itself be a challenge with a divided parliament.

Were a third government to fail a vote of confidence, the president would call new elections.

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