Czech opposition to call vote of no confidence in government

Czech opposition parties are submitting a request for a special session of parliament in order to call a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s government.

“This government, with this prime minister, has been tarnishing Czech Republic’s reputation both at home and abroad, therefore we deem this step a moral and political gesture,” said Marek Vyborny, chairman of the Christian Democrats.

The decision comes after the European Commission confirmed that Mr Babiš is in a conflict of interest over EU funds paid to his company Agrofert.

However, Petr Fiala, leader of the Civic Democratic Party, said that the opposition may not have enough votes to topple Mr Babiš.

The Babiš government controls 108 votes in the 200-member lower house of parliament. To pass a no-confidence motion, the opposition needs 101 votes.