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Czech Coalition Agreement Falls Apart


An agreement between three Czech political parties to form a new government has collapsed, once again leaving the country in political turmoil.

Late Thursday, Prime Minister Stanislav Gross's Social Democrats rejected a deal that called for him to resign and make way for a new coalition government. After the rejection, leaders of the Christian Democrats and Freedom Union said they were pulling out of the new coalition, just hours after agreeing to join Mr. Gross's party to form a majority government.

It is not clear if talks will resume or if the impasse will result in early elections.

The crisis began last week when Christian Democrats withdrew from the government, costing Mr. Gross his majority in parliament. The party said it could rejoin the coalition under certain conditions, which included the prime minister's resignation.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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