Czech Rebel Lawmakers Keep Opposing Tax Increase, iDnes Reports

A group of lawmakers from the Czech ruling coalition continues to oppose a government plan to raise the sale taxes to curb the budget deficit, news website iDnes.cz reported, citing deputy Petr Tluchor.

Six lawmakers from Premier Petr Necas’s Civic Democratic Party joined the opposition last week and voted against a government bill that included the tax increases. Necas, who said the plan is key for preparing the 2013 state budget, linked approval of the bill to a vote of confidence.

Zbynek Stanjura, the head of the Civic Democrats’ parliamentary caucus, will hold more talks with the dissenting deputies and he still believes that ruling lawmakers will find an agreement on fiscal measures, iDnes.cz reported, citing Stanjura.

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