The cabinet of Prime Minister Rusnok was appointed by President today and will hold its first official meeting. / President Zeman’s pick for premier must survive a confidence motion in the lower house of parliament to be held within his first 30 days in charge, however, it faces almost certain rejection by parliament parties, as they reject Zeman's choice, leading to more political bickering and possibly an early election.
The leftist president chose the economist Rusnok, a longtime ally and finance minister in a Zeman-led cabinet a decade ago, to replace Prime Minister Petr Necas, who resigned last month amid spying and
bribery scandal. Rusnok should lead the EU member state into an election next year and help the economy out of a recession now in its second year.
If Rusnok’s government fails to win a simple majority in the confidence vote, it would stay in office on a caretaker basis and Zeman has no constitutional deadline to name a replacement before the next scheduled elections in May 2014.
Source: Reuters, Bloomberg, CTK