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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, November 11, 2013

Government building finally starts in Prague

The Czech Social Democrats, who emerged victorious from the parliamentary elections, set aside their internal struggles on Sunday. At a meeting of the central committee, party members declared their support for leader Bohuslav Sobotka, who immediately initiated negotiations to build a government. The conservative daily Lidové noviny is relieved that at long last the political work can begin: "Sobotka is counting on cooperation with Ano [the movement led by entrepreneur Andraj Babiš] and the Christian Democrats. This is not a hopeless undertaking. He has the backing of his party. His opponent, the president, has been weakened both in political and health terms. What will no doubt influence Sobotka is the question of how stable Ano's parliamentary group will be in the long run. But for voters something else is key: that the governing majority - unlike its predecessor government - doesn't waste all its energy on ensuring its own survival."

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