PRAGUE Dec 19 The Czech government won lower
house backing for a package of tax hikes for the 2013 budget on
Wednesday, overriding a Senate rejection and sending it to
President Vaclav Klaus, who may still veto the unpopular law.
Prime Minister Petr Necas's minority government found
support among independent deputies to push through measures
hiking value-added taxes and tacking on an extra levy for those
making more than 100,000 crowns ($5,200) a month.
The package was approved by a 102-88 vote.
If Klaus uses his veto, Necas's three-party coalition would
have to again muster a majority in a new vote in the lower
chamber to override him. Because the parties control only 98 of
parliament's 200 seats, they would have to once again depend on
like-minded independents to push the bill through.