Thursday, 27 November 2014

Politics

President suggests candidates' personalities, not political affiliation, were important for voters

Radio Prague |
20 October 2014

Czech President Miloš Zeman maintains that candidates' personalities rather than political affiliation played a deciding role in the second round of the Senate elections.

TOP 09 leaders in Prague quit party

Radio Prague |
16 October 2014

Prague Mayor Tomáš Hudeček of the TOP 09 party, and the head of the group's Prague organization, Jiří Vávra, have both quit the party. The officials, who have become bitter rivals, offered their resignations just days after the party failed to win local elections in Prague, and will most likely lose the post of the mayor for the next four-year term.

Pirates become biggest political party in local Czech election

TorrentFreak |
16 October 2014

The Czech Pirate Party has booked several surprise wins in the local elections. The party gathered 5.3% of the total vote in the capital city of Prague and became the biggest political party in Mariánské lázně, with 21%. As a result, there is a good chance that the city may soon have a Pirate mayor.

PM expresses regret over Babiš' disinterest in coalitions in Ostrava and Brno

Radio Prague |
14 October 2014

The prime minister and head of the Social Democratic Party Bohuslav Sobotka has expressed regret over statements by ANO leader Andrej Babiš suggesting that the ANO movement was not interested in forming coalitions with the Social Democrats in the cities of Brno and Ostrava, that would have mirrored cooperation between the two parties at the national level.

Established parties take back seat in local elections

Radio Prague |
14 October 2014

Negotiations on the formation of local councils are being held around the country in the wake of the weekend elections. The outcome has led many to consider whether the established parties are losing their grip on Czech politics.

Independent groups win in local elections

Radio Prague |
13 October 2014

In the municipal elections, various local groups of independent candidates are leading with all districts now counted in. Among the established political parties, Christian Democrats have won, followed by the Social Democrats and the Communist Party.

Voter turnout in municipal and Senate elections around 40 percent

Radio Prague |
13 October 2014

Polling stations around the Czech Republic closed at 2 PM on Saturday, ending municipal elections and the first round of voting for the Czech Senate. Nearly 50 percent of eligible voters have cast their ballots in the municipal elections, and a litle over forty percent showed up at the Senate elections.

Proportion of women in local politics slightly increases

Radio Prague |
13 October 2014

The proportion of women in local politics has slightly increased after the recent communal elections, from 26 to 27 percent, according to the analysis released by Forum 50 %, which promotes the equal representation of women in politics.

Billionaire's party extends sway in Czech municipal vote

Bloomberg |
13 October 2014

Billionaire Finance Minister Andrej Babis's party strengthened its sway over Czech politics after winning municipal elections in most of the country's large cities. Babis, the second-richest Czech, and his ANO party won municipal ballots in 9 of 13 regional capitals three years after entering politics with a goal to displace traditional leaders he deemed inept. ANO won 22 percent of the vote in Prague, beating the opposition TOP09 party.

President Zeman to visit China

Radio Prague |
10 October 2014

President Milos Zeman is to pay a state visit to China from October 23 -27th, the Office of the President said in a statement to the press on Thursday.

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