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Necas named as Czech PM

2010-06-28 13:56:22 GMT2010-06-28 21:56:22 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Petr Necas, leader of the Civic Democratic Party, is in Prague in this file photo taken on May 7, 2010. Czech President Vaclav Klaus named Petr Necas as the country's new prime minister on Monday and empowered him to form a government. (AFP)

PRAGUE, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Czech President Vaclav Klaus named Petr Necas as the country's new prime minister on Monday and empowered him to form a new government.

Necas has to form a coalition before he could take over from care-taker Prime Minister Jan Fischer.

Necas, leader of the Civic Democratic Party, now expects to complete coalition talks by July 7 so that a new government could sit in around mid-July.

"The president and I agreed that in order to accomplish drafting the (2010) budget, we need to have new government ministers sitting in their offices before the end of the first half of July," said Necas.

The new prime minister said the country needs a stable and efficient government, which may consist of 14 or 15 cabinet ministers.

Political analysts predict that the Civic Democratic Party will contribute five or six ministers to the new government while the TOP 09 and Public Affairs parties will take up five and four portfolios respectively.

Though the three parties refrained from mentioning the names of their nominees, there has been indication that Miroslav Kalousek, deputy chief of TOP 09 will become finance minister and Radek John, Public Affairs Party chief, interior minister.

The three parties combined have 118 of the 200 seats in the lower house.

The Civic Democratic Party and TOP 09 take up 45 of the 81 seats of the upper house of parliament.

The Civic Democratic Party, TOP 09 and Public Affairs also have the support of the Czech Social Democratic Party and the Communist Party in the lower house of parliament.

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