Strong PM Fights Losing Battle

August 2005
Emerging Europe Monitor: Central Europe & Baltic States;Aug2005, Vol. 12 Issue 8, p7
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The article reports that Jiri Paroubek has shown considerable strength and leadership qualities since being appointed prime minister of Czech Republic after the scandal that forced Stanislav Gross to resign. To his credit, Paroubek has started determinedly in his new role, quickly earning the respect of his political critics and increasing support for the Social Democrat (CSSD) party. Despite the bleak outlook, Paroubek himself has taken on his new responsibility with considerable drive and determination. Faced with the unenviable task of leading a minority government, with fragile coalition relationships and a confident opposition, the relatively unknown politician has been a symbol of strength for the CSSD, quickly winning the respect of political opponents and analysts alike.


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