Five Czech parties signed an agreement Monday to form a coalition government, vowing to co-ordinate foreign policy with that of the European Union and NATO.
Under the new deal, Petr Fiala, 57, of the Civic Democratic Party, is expected to be the new prime minister. Parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic were held on October 8 and 9.
The Fial Party along with the Christian Democrats, the TOP-09 Party, the Pirate Party and STAN have won 108 seats in the lower house of parliament, which has a total of 200 seats.
The 42-page coalition agreement outlines the new Government’s immediate tasks, including addressing the rise of coronavirus infections, high inflation and reducing the budget deficit.
“We must solve the problems that concern people as soon as possible and we must get the country out of the many crises it has in health, economy and crisis of values,” said Fiala.
Regarding Czech foreign affairs, the agreement states that the policy “will be developed in coordination with the European Union and NATO”.
“We will continue to deepen cooperation with democratic partners in the Asia-Pacific region (such as Taiwan, Japan, the Republic of Korea and others),” and “review relations with Russia and China,” the agreement said. .
It does not explain what the review of the relationship will bring.
Czech President Milos Zeman, who has been criticized for being too friendly with Russia, has said he is ready to swear in Fiala as prime minister, but it is unclear when that could happen, as Zeman is in hospital.
Fiala would end the leadership of the Eurosceptic Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his populist ANO movement.
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