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Czech government loses confidence vote
Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek's minority centre-right government lost a vote of confidence on Tuesday, forcing it out of office and undermining its role as EU president during the global economic downturn.

 

Topolanek said he was ready to resign, although the opposition Social Democrats said his government could stay on until Prague hands over the European Union's six-month's rotating presidency to Sweden at the end of June. (Reuters)