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Czech Junior Ruling Party Sets Ultimatum for Staying in Cabinet

  • Social Democrats to quit cabinet if they can’t change minister
  • Party urges Premier Babis to make sure its nominee is named

The Czech Social Democrats set a final condition for staying in the government, prolonging a political crisis that has brought the ruling coalition to the brink of collapse.

The party said Monday it will leave the minority cabinet unless President Milos Zeman appoints their nominee for culture minister. The ultimatum is a culmination of weeks of wrangling and a complication for billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis, an ally of Zeman’s who’s refused to rein in the president’s efforts to assert more sway over executive power.