Czech Parties Edge Towards Coalition Deal After Months Of Stalemate


PRAGUE – The Czech center-left Social Democrats were expected to announce on Friday that their members had agreed to form a cabinet with the dominant centrist ANO group, ending more than eight months of stalemate after an inconclusive election.

Party sources said that partial results of a ballot suggested the plan would be approved – even though some members had objected to joining any government led by ANO chief Andrej Babis who is facing a fraud investigation.

“We were told that even if all remaining members vote against, it won’t turn the result,” one of the party’s members of parliament told Reuters. Another party official said the vote would back the new coalition.

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