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Czech Coalition Party Splits as Cabinet Seeks to Keep Majority

April 17, 2012

The Czech Public Affairs party, the smallest partner in the ruling coalition, split today after two members, including Deputy Premier Karolina Peake, left.

Peake left Public Affairs today because of “its destructive political style” without giving up her mandate in parliament and will continue to support the Cabinet, according to an e-mailed statement. Another Public Affairs member of parliament, Viktor Paggio, told public Czech Television he would follow Peake, who is seeking to form her own faction.

It isn’t clear whether the government still commands a parliamentary majority, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, a member of TOP09, another ruling party, told the Czech Television in an interview.

Premier Petr Necas, the chairman of the Civic Democrats, overcame a rebellion by Public Affairs’ leadership last week and united his government behind a plan to cut spending and boost revenue. The Czechs want to cut the fiscal deficit to less than the European Union limit of 3 percent of economic output next year from a planned 3.5 percent in 2012.

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