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New Czech government wins confidence vote

Tuesday - 2/18/2014, 7:10pm  ET

PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Republic's new coalition government has won a mandatory parliamentary confidence vote.

Led by the left-wing Social Democrats for the first time since 2006, the government was appointed on Jan. 29 with a majority in Parliament's lower house. The coalition's 110 lawmakers in the 200-seat chamber voted late Tuesday in the government's favor.

Following their victory in October's election, the Social Democrats signed a deal with the centrist ANO (Yes) movement led by billionaire businessman Andrej Babis and the centrist Christian Democrats to form a government.

After the previous center-right government's collapse over corruption scandals, the new coalition pledged to fight corruption and support economic growth following a long recession. It wants to be pro-European Union and join the bloc's fiscal compact treaty designed to limit government overspending.

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