PRAGUE (AP) — The dominant party in Czech coalition has named the parliamentary speaker as its candidate for prime minister after Petr Necas resigned amid a spy and bribery scandal.
Miroslava Nemcova was approved Wednesday by the conservative Civic Democratic Party. Nemcova has also been acceptable to two other coalition partners, the conservative TOP 09 party and the Liberal Democrats. The three parties have said they want to stay in power together until a parliamentary election planned next year.
Necas resigned Monday after police arrested eight people, including his closest aide, who was charged with ordering a military intelligence agency to spy on Necas' estranged wife and bribery. The opposition wants early elections.
President Milos Zeman is expected to name a new premier next week and doesn't have to accept Nemcova.