Final Word from Tuesday, June 7, 2011

As Právo first reported, PM Petr Nečas is looking for a wayto fulfill his promise to link the revised public-procurementlaw to a confidence vote without having to commit himselfto the three-month time limit set out by the Constitution forpassing such a bill. Nečas is being sly about his real reason forbacktracking on this, but it appears to be his mistrust of VV. Ifcoalition relations went further south during the three-monthperiod or if VV left the cabinet altogether, Nečas might nothave time to find replacement MPs, and his cabinet could fall.President Václav Klaus would then step in. To remain in power,Nečas is even rumored to be considering joining forces withJiří Paroubek and a breakaway band of ČSSD and VV MPs.Nečas's political promiscuity in terms of the procurement lawand the confidence vote might be bad news for Czech politicalculture, but for fans of the procurement changes, it's actuallygood news. It makes it more likely that the opposition - whoeverit is at the time - will join the coalition in passing the bill.

Glossary of difficult words

sly - having or showing a cunning and deceitful nature;

to backtrack - to reverse one's previous action or opinion;

to go south - to deteriorate, stop working;

breakaway - separatist, splinter, rebel;

promiscuity - demonstrating or implying an undiscriminating or unselective approach.


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