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  Czech Social Democrats Reject Agreement on Cabinet
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Last EditedPicimpalious  Apr 15, 2005 02:24am
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News DateThursday, April 14, 2005 08:20:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionApril 14 (Bloomberg) -- The Czech Social Democratic Party rejected an agreement with two former coalition allies to form a majority government and replace Prime Minister Stanislav Gross, raising the possibility of early elections or a minority government backed by the Communists.

The party's leadership rejected the accord struck before dawn today with the Christian Democratic Union-Czechoslovak People's Party, or KDU-CSL, and the Freedom Union-Democratic Union, Social Democrats' spokeswoman Lucie Orgonikova said. New talks on the cabinet broke down less than an hour after starting, KDU-CSL spokesman Ondrej Jakob said.

The Social Democrats have led a minority cabinet since March 30 when the KDU-CSL quit the coalition amid doubts surrounding the purchase of Gross's flat and his wife's business. Rejection of today's accord will mean the Social Democrats will need to find support from the shunned Communist Party or face elections earlier than in June 2006.
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