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Junior party threatens to quit Czech government

February 7, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — A junior party in the Czech coalition has threatened to quit if parliament initially approves a Communist Party proposal to repeal legislation on vetting rules for public servants.

It bars agents and collaborators of the feared communist-era secret police and senior Communist Party officials from some public offices.

The law, enacted following the 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution, was intended to prevent the young democracy from the influence of major supporters of totalitarianism.

Christian Democrats chairman Pavel Belobradek said Friday his party ministers would “resign immediately” from the government appointed last week should the Communists succeed. Without the Christian Democrats, the coalition would lose its parliamentary majority.

Some coalition lawmakers might back the Communists but Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said he was confident his government would survive the vote expected Tuesday.

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