Czech party leader says government can be formed by year-end

PRAGUE Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:17pm GMT

Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka addresses the media at the party's headquarters in Prague October 31, 2013. REUTERS/David W Cerny

Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka addresses the media at the party's headquarters in Prague October 31, 2013.

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PRAGUE (Reuters) - The leader of the Czech Republic's Social Democratic Party, Bohuslav Sobotka, said on Wednesday he believed a coalition government could be formed by the end of the year.

Sobotka, whose party had the biggest share of votes in last month's parliamentary election, was speaking to reporters after meeting President Milos Zeman to discuss formation of the coalition government.

"We agreed with Mr. President that if coalition talks proceed well, there's a real chance that the Czech Republic could have a new government before year end," Sobotka said.

(Reporting by Jan Schmidt; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Michael Kahn)

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