Czech coalition falls, but govt to survive for now

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

The prime minister of the Czech Republic says the leaders of the three parties that form his government have agreed to end their coalition.

Petr Necas says the coalition's existence should be terminated Friday. But it doesn't mean the government has collapsed since a new party may be formed that would replace Public Affairs, a junior coalition partner.

Sunday's announcement comes after Vit Barta, an informal chairman of the centrist Public Affairs, was convicted of paying bribes.

Barta announced he would quit politics, but refused to resign his parliamentary seat, angering Necas.

A number of prominent members and lawmakers of Public Affairs walked out earlier this week and are forming a new group that may replace the party in the government.