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30. 6. 2010 12:57

Petr Nečas appointed Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

President Václav Klaus appointed Petr Nečas chairman of the government at Prague Castle today.

Petr Nečas, Chairman of the Civic Democrats, was also charged by the president with forming a new cabinet. The probably centre-right coalition of ODS, TOP 09 and VV is already negotiating ministerial seats and the government programme. After this is completed, prime minister designate Petr Nečas will present his ministers to the president. The new government must then request a vote of confidence by the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic within 30 days. Until the new government is appointed the country will continue to be run by the government of Jan Fischer, which has been governing in resignation since Friday.

Who is Petr Nečas

*19 November 1964 in Uherské Hradiště. Graduated in physics from the Faculty of Science at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Brno. He subsequently worked in research and development at Tesla Rožnov pod Radhoštěm. From 1995 to 1996 he was first deputy defence minister. He has been a deputy in the Parliament of the Czech Republic since 1992. He was a member of the foreign committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, where he focused mainly on questions of defence and NATO. After the elections in 1996 he became chairman of the parliamentary committee for defence and security. He was shadow defence minister from 1998. In 1999 he was elected deputy chairman of the Civic Democratic Party and defended his function for the fourth time at the most recent party congress. After the elections in 2006 he became deputy chairman of the government and minister of labour and social affairs.

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