Czech Government Faces No-Confidence Vote Session Next Week

Czech parliament called a session for May 26 to debate a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s government, which commands a comfortable majority and faces little threat of being toppled.

The opposition TOP 09, Civic Democrats and Usvit parties called for the motion over what they say is a conflict of interest over a biofuel law they say benefits a company owned by billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis. Parliament will debate the vote in an extraordinary session next Tuesday, according to a statement on the chamber’s website.

Sobotka’s three-party ruling coalition, which includes Babis’s ANO party and the Christian Democrats, hold 111 of parliament’s 200 seats.

The opposition party leaders “know how to count to 101, and they know that in no circumstances do they have the votes for the motion,” Sobotka said on state television on Thursday. “It will just be an empty gesture.”

The opposition parties initiated the motion after ANO refrained from voting to end state subsidies for biofuels. Babis owns Agrofert Holding AS, a chemical and agriculture company that produces biofuels.

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