The Czech prime minister, Social Democrat Jiri Paroubek, resigned from office on Wednesday 16 August. The man who replaces him is Mirek Topolanek, leader of the Civic Democrats.
Paroubek's departure ends ten weeks of political paralysis following June's inconclusive general election result.
There had been speculation earlier in the week that Paroubek was proposing that the rival Civic Democrats, who won the most votes in the election without securing a majority, form a minority government in exchange for the awarding of key parliamentary positions to Social Democrats.
Certainly he Civic Democrats, who now have 30 days to win a confidence vote in parliament, will require the support of the Social Democrats.
17 August 2006