New Czech Republic gov’t sworn in

PRAGUE, Jan. 30 (PNA/Xinhua) — Czech President Milos Zeman sworn in a new coalition government on Wednesday, more than three months after the elections.

The new government was formed by the centre-left Social Democrats (CSSD), the centrist ANO movement, and the centre-right Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL).

According to an agreement reached by the three coalition partners, CSSD got eight Cabinet seats, with ANO gaining six and KDU-CSL three.

It is believed that a major goal of the new government will be stabilizing relations with the European Union.

The previous center-right Cabinet, which ended amid corruption allegations last year, was lukewarm in its approach to Europe and characterized by its euro-skeptic attitude.

The new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lubomir Zaoralek, has already indicated that Europe will be one of his focuses, particularly the adoption of the euro currency, a radical departure from previous governments.

The new government is faced with a series challenges, namely a stagnant economy, European integration, low worker productivity, corruption and bureaucracy in the country. (PNA/Xinhua)