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Czech govt wins confidence vote

PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech government has survived a confidence vote, despite growing public anger over austerity measures and corruption.

After nine hours of a heated debate, 105 lawmakers in the lower house of Parliament voted in favor of the right-leaning government Friday and 93 against it.

Prime Minister Petr Necas had pressed to end the coalition government after a leader of the centrist Public Affairs party was convicted of paying bribes but refused to resign his legislative seat.

Without Public Affairs, the government lost its majority but several prominent Public Affairs lawmakers have formed a new group to support Necas' Cabinet.

Still, it will be difficult for the government of two conservative parties and a group of defectors to push through unpopular cuts and survive until a planned 2014 election.

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