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Czech Communists agree to support government in confidence vote

CZECH Communists signed a power-sharing agreement on Wednesday which sees them enter government for the first time since the fall of the Soviet bloc.

The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSCM) promised to support Prime Minister Andrej Babis in a confidence vote in return for a say in national political affairs.

Mr Babis has struggled to find support from parties outside the social democrats and the 15 Communist MPs saved him from losing the mandatory vote which all governments must face to stay in power.

There were reports of protests in the capital Prague following the KSCM agreement to “tolerate” the government after they had initially rejected joining a coalition due to the pro-Nato and anti-immigration stance of Mr Babis.

The party is more closely aligned to Czech President Milos Zeman who favours an alliance with Russia and China.

The agreement represents an unexpected turn in fortunes for the party who have continued support and relations with China, North Korea and Cuba.

They govern in coalition in several regions and won the coal-producing Usti nad Labem in the 2012 regional elections.

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