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27-11-2020, 00:17 UTC
[12.06.2020 10:25 UTC] Brian Kenety
Communists seek changes to minority coalition tolerance agreement

The Communists wants to renegotiate its seven-point agreement with the minority coalition government, saying the original did not anticipate a pandemic situation, party chairman Vojtěch Filip told reporters on Friday.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s government is the first since 1989 to rely on the support of the Communists. In exchange for that tolerance, the largely unreformed anti-Nato, anti-EU party has won several major policy concessions.

Two years ago, the Communists negotiated a programme with seven priorities, including a steady increase in the minimum wage, the valorisation of pensions, and taxation of church restitutions.

Speaking before a meeting with the Minister of Finance on raising the budget deficit to 500 billion crowns, Filip said he had told Babiš that “substantial” changes could be discussed by the Party’s Central Committee on June 20.