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Czech government in crisis

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has asked President Vaclav Klaus to fire two ministers in his three-party coalition amid a government crisis.

Necas' move came Monday after the centrist Public Affairs party rejected Saturday his request to replace Interior Minister Radek John and Education Minister Josef Dobes.

John and Dobes said they were only ready to resign, if the finance, defense and agriculture ministers also agree to go.

Necas asked for the reshuffle after he accepted Friday the resignation of Transport Minister Vit Barta who was accused of bribery by two members of Public Affairs.

Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra of Necas' conservative Civic Democratic Party offered his post Monday to help solve the crisis.

A coalition meeting is expected later Monday.