Czech no-confidence vote in the balance as Communist Party walks out

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The opposition in the Czech Republic may have failed in its attempt to topple the government four months before scheduled parliamentary elections. The Communist Party staged a walk-out of the parliament hall during the debate on the motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Thursday. This means that the required majority of 101 votes in the 200-member parliament is no longer achievable. The actual vote is not expected until late in the evening. “We will not take part in this theatre,” said Communist Party leader Vojtech Filip. Five conservative and liberal parties are behind th…

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