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Czech President Appoints New Cabinet


Czech President Vaclav Klaus has appointed the country's new minority cabinet in a bid to end three months of political stalemate in Prague.

Prime Minister-designate Mirek Topolanek now has 30 days to win a confidence vote in parliament.

Mr. Topolanek's conservative Civic Democratic Party won the most seats in the June elections - 81 - but not a majority. The 200-seat lower house is evenly split between rightist and leftist parties.

If Mr. Topolanek fails to win parliamentary approval for his cabinet, he will be forced to resign. Three failed attempts to form a cabinet would lead to early elections.

The lower house elected a speaker last month on its seventh attempt. Lawmakers approved Social Democrat Miloslav Vlcek after an alliance of Social Democrats and communists repeatedly blocked the approval of a conservative nominee.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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