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Czech PM Petr Necas resigns amid abuse-of-power inquiry

Staff writer ▼ | June 18, 2013
The Czech prime minister Petr Necas resigned after an abuse-of-power inquiry started. Mr. Necas said he will retire from politics.
Petr Necas
Petr NecasThe Czech prime minister Petr Necas resigned after an abuse-of-power inquiry started. Mr. Necas said he will retire from politics.


Petr Necas has been in office three years and he handed his resignation to President Milos Zeman just days after his chief of staff Jana Nagyova was arrested on criminal charges. Ms. Nagyova was allegedly ordering military intelligence to spy on Mr. Necas's wife.

Mr. Zeman accepted the resignation and asked Mr. Necas to remain as caretaker until a new government can be formed. Mr. Petr Necas' centre-right three-party coalition is now in problems, to find a new prime minister to avoid early elections. However, the opposition is called for early elections and it is unsure if the Mr. Necas's replacement would win a parliamentary vote of confidence. If there was no early electzions, the current term of parliament will end in June 2014.

Mr. Necas's party is center-right Civic Democratic Party, the largest of the three parties in the governing coalition, and the party expect one of its members to be named as the new prime minister. The Social Democrats, the largest opposition party, want early elections.

Ms. Nagyova was charged with abuse of power in connection with what prosecutors said was an unsanctioned use of the country's military-intelligence agency. She was ordered held in custody as the investigation continues.

Prosecutors said she also allegedly helped bribe three ruling-party lawmakers who were also arrested to drop their rebellion against Mr. Necas in Parliament in exchange for jobs in state-run companies.


 

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