What Australian website Crikey calls “a sensational scandal involving sex, gold and espionage” brings down the current Czech government and it seems early elections can be expected in this Central European republic:

Petr Nečas during a 2012 commemorative event on the occassion of 17 Nov. 1939 anniversary at Hlávka dormitory in Prague. Photo: David Sedlecký; used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Petr Nečas during a 2012 commemorative event on the occassion of 17 Nov. 1939 anniversary at Hlávka dormitory in Prague. Photo: David Sedlecký; used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

[Prime Minister] Nečas’s resignation follows the arrest of his chief-of-staff, Jana Nagyova, who is apparently also his mistress, on charges of bribery and corruption. Several former MPs and the head of military intelligence have also been arrested, and the police have seized large quantities of cash and documents plus “tens of kilograms of gold.” Among other things, Nagyova is alleged to have bought off dissident MPs with government jobs and ordered surveillance of her boss’s estranged wife. No brief summary could do it justice: the BBC reports from Friday and last night are the best, but the Telegraph and the Age also have the story.