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25. 3. 2009 10:12

Response of Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek to no-confidence vote

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek accepted the result of the vote in which the Chamber of Deputies expressed no confidence to his Government.

“I will adhere to the constitutional order”, stated Mirek Topolánek.

According to the Constitution of the Czech Republic, the Prime Minister now has to submit his resignation to the President. The President will then decide on the appointment of a Prime Minister who will form the new government. At the moment this situation has no effect on the role of the President of the European Council held by the President of the strongest party in the Parliament.

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The statement of the European Commission:

Statement of the European Commission on today's vote in the Czech Parliament

According to the treaties, the Council Presidency is held by the Member State which is represented by its competent governmental authorities under national constitutional law. The Commission has full trust that the national constitutional law allows for the Czech Republic to continue conducting the Council Presidency as effectively as it has done until now. It is for the Czech Republic's democratic process under the constitution to resolve the domestic political issues; the Commission is confident that this is done in a way which ensures the full functioning of the Council Presidency.

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