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Czech Parties Seek PM After Spy Affair to Avoid Elections

The Czech Civic Democrats and their coalition partners are working to quickly replace Petr Necas as premier to keep the conservative government in power through 2014 and fend off Socialist attempts to force early elections.

Leaders of the ruling parties are trying to narrow the field of candidates for prime minister after a scandal over spying and bribery charges forced Necas to quit. He submitted his resignation to President Milos Zeman at Prague Castle today, rather than face an opposition-led no-confidence vote tomorrow.