Czech Republic Government Loses Confidence Vote

PRAGUE (AP) - The Czech Republic's three-party coalition
government has lost a parliamentary no confidence vote, partly due
to its handling of the economic crisis, and must step down.

In the 200-seat lower house, 101 lawmakers, the minimum needed,
voted Tuesday to oust the government.

Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek's Cabinet must now resign.

The Czech Republic currently holds the EU rotating presidency,
and President Barack Obama will visit Prague next week for talks
with Czech and European leaders.

It is not immediately clear who will be picked by President
Vaclav Klaus to form a new government. If three attempts to form a
government fail, early elections must be called.

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