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Czech Republic Casts About for a New Leader

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Czech Republic Casts About for a New Leader

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Czech Republic Casts About for a New Leader

Czech Republic Casts About for a New Leader

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There's still confusion over finding a new national government in the Czech Republic after the weekend's local elections. Four months ago, a general election left the parliament so deadlocked that there was no government for 10 weeks.

The leader of the center-right Civic Democrats eventually was named prime minister, but his government was brief and ineffective; he stepped down after losing a confidence vote.

Local officials are starting to complain that they can't get their jobs done without leadership at the federal level.

The Civic Democrats did well this weekend. If they repeat that sucess in next Sunday's runoff, they might be able to force a new general election.