April 12, 2018 / 7:23 PM / 9 months ago

Czech ANO party will look again at center-left coalition to avoid far-right

The deputy chairman of ANO party Jaroslav Faltynek leaves the Czech Parliament after negotiations with other parties following the country's parliamentary elections in Prague, Czech Republic, October 22, 2017. REUTERS/David W Cerny

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech ruling ANO party leadership wants to restart negotiations with the center-left Social Democrats to form a new government, instead of negotiating support from the far-right SPD party, deputy party chief Jaroslav Faltynek told Reuters on Thursday.

Previous negotiations with the Social Democrats collapsed after ANO refused to yield the position of interior minister to the potential partner but the option of negotiating with the anti-EU and anti-NATO SPD raised objections from ANO’s lawmakers.

ANO’s current minority cabinet lost a confidence vote in January and is serving in caretaker capacity pending talks on a new administration.

Reporting by Robert Muller; Writing by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Toby Chopra

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