Czech government faces no-confidence vote

20-03-2012

The Czech centre-right government faces a vote of no-confidence in the lower house of Parliament on Tuesday. The opposition Social Democrats, who tabled the motion, cited what they see as a series of ill-conceived government steps, including health care and education reforms, austerity measures and fiscal policies. Opposition leaders also said the public had lost trust in the government, as was manifested by a growing number of anti-government rallies that recently took place. However, the opposition does not have enough votes in the lower house to effectively oust the cabinet led by Prime Minister Petr Nečas of the right-of-centre Civic Democrats.