Spying Scandal Forces Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas To Resign

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas also quit as the chairman of the Civic Democratic Party. Photographer: Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty Images

Czech Parties Seek PM After Spy Affair to Avoid Elections (Bloomberg, June 17, 2013):

The Czech Civic Democrats and their coalition partners are working to quickly replace Petr Necas as premier to keep the conservative government in power through 2014 and fend off Socialist attempts to force early elections.

Leaders of the ruling parties are trying to narrow the field of candidates for prime minister after Necas promised to quit amid a scandal over spying and bribery charges. He will submit his resignation to President Milos Zeman at 6 p.m. at Prague Castle today, rather than face an opposition-led no-confidence vote tomorrow.

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