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Czechs to have new government next week

January 23, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech president will appoint the new center-left government next week.

The office of President Milos Zeman says the government led by Social Democratic Party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka will be sworn in Wednesday.

Thursday’s announcement came a day after the coalition met Zeman’s condition and initially approved legislation on public servants in parliament’s lower house.

Following their victory in October’s parliamentary election, the Social Democrats signed a deal with the centrist ANO (Yes) movement led by billionaire businessman Andrej Babis and the centrist Christian Democrats to form a coalition government.

Its formation will end a political crisis triggered by the previous government’s spectacular collapse over corruption allegations and marital infidelity in June.

The new coalition pledged to fight corruption, encourage better governance and support economic growth.

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