(FILES) A photo taken on Otober 26, 2013 shows Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) Chairman Bohuslav Sobotka.
AFP PHOTO / RADEK MICA
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Czech President Milos Zeman appointed center-left leader Bohuslav Sobotka prime minister on Friday, opening the way for the former finance minister to pursue looser fiscal policies and closer links with the core of Europe.The 42-year-old trained lawyer was named nearly three months after his Social Democrat party narrowly won an early election, and two weeks after forming a coalition with two centrist parties.Sobotka favours joining the EU's "fiscal compact" treaty on budget policy, accepted by all EU national governments except the last Czech cabinet and the United Kingdom.Sobotka may be also hampered by poor relations with President Zeman, a former Social Democrat prime minister estranged from the party after a rift in 2003 .Sobotka entered parliament at the age of 25 .
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