By David Hutt
It’s all but certain that Petr Fiala will soon be sworn in as the new prime minister of the Czech Republic, and his prospective centre-right coalition government promises rapid change.
Fiala, a former historian and university rector, led his SPOLU electoral alliance to victory at legislative elections held in early October, winning the popular vote and picking up 71 seats in parliament.
SPOLU and the PirStan alliance, which won 37 seats, agreed to an informal coalition government arrangement. Last week, Fiala was invited by President Milos Zeman to start formal talks with his coalition partners over the composition of the new cabinet.