Czech president picks leftist PM in snub to majority

June 25, 2013 3:53 PM

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Czech president picks leftist PM in snub to majority

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman snubbed the outgoing centre-right coalition by appointing left-wing economist Jiri Rusnok as prime minister on Tuesday, in a step likely to prolong political turmoil by weeks or even months.

The central European country is looking for a new government after Prime Minister Petr Necas quit last week when an aide was charged with bribery and illegal spying as part of the biggest anti-corruption sweep since the fall of communism in 1989.

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