Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Politics

Czech head of state meets Social Democrat leader over cabinet

Radio Prague |
6 June 2018

Czech president Miloš Zeman received Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček on Tuesday afternoon. The main subject of talks was set to be the creation of minority coalition Cabinet of the ANO and Social Democrat parties.

Czech PM says transport minister could be part of new government

Radio Prague |
5 June 2018

Prime minister Andrej Babiš has said current transport minister Dan Ťok could continue in the post in a new government he is seeking to put together. Babiš added on Monday that the minister had his support over the question of introducing new motorway and main road tolls after 2019.

Communists flex their muscles as coalition talks near conclusion

Radio Prague |
5 June 2018

As efforts to form a new minority coalition government of the ANO party and the Social Democrats tolerated by the Communists reach their final stage, the Communist Party has been milking the situation to its best advantage.

Multi-party support for Drahoš Senate run

Radio Prague |
4 June 2018

The defeated candidate in the second round of presidential elections in January, Jiří Drahoš, is to stand for the Senate with the backing of several political parties, he announced on Friday. The chemist and former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences will have the support of TOP 09, the Christian Democrats, the Mayors and Independents and the Greens when he runs for a Senate post in the Prague 4 constituency in October.

Lawmakers push to do away with second round of Senate elections

Radio Prague |
4 June 2018

Moves are afoot to do away with the present system of voting for the Senate, Czech Television reported. Currently if no candidate receives over half the vote in a first round of Senate elections, the two front-runners enter a second round a week later.

Communists: Taxing church compensation condition for supporting ANO-led gov't

Radio Prague |
4 June 2018

The head of the Communists' deputies group, Pavel Kováčik, says the party will only support a mooted ANO-Social Democrats minority coalition if financial compensation paid to churches for property seized during the communist era is taxed. The Communists are currently discussing a deal with ANO under which the former would support a government helmed by them in key lower house votes.

Lower house Novichok debate ends before it begins

Radio Prague |
1 June 2018

A lower house debate on statements made about Novichok by Czech President Miloš Zeman ended before it began on Thursday. Only 40 deputies declared themselves present for the Christian Democrat-tabled discussion. As the quorum for the lower house is 57 declared MPs, the speaker abandoned the debate.

Czech caretaker PM Babis to get new shot at forming government next week

Reuters |
1 June 2018

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, ruling in a caretaker capacity, will be appointed government leader again on June 6, he said on Thursday after meeting President Milos Zeman. The appointment will give Babis right to propose a new cabinet and seek a vote of confidence in parliament, which he said he expected after July 10.

Czech PM confirms end June target to name new government

Radio Prague |
31 May 2018

Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš confirmed Wednesday he intends to submit the composition of his new government to head of state, Miloš Zeman, by the end of June. That target had previously been set with the aim of getting a full government in place eight months after elections to parliament last October.

Czech interior ministry report says SPD party similar to extreme right

Radio Prague |
31 May 2018

The Czech parliamentary party Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) of leader Tomio Okamura expresses itself in a way similar to extreme right wing parties and share many views with them, according to a report into extremism by the Ministry of Interior. The report was leaked early on Wednesday by the news server Aktualne.cz before having been given final approval by the interior minister or undergoing consultations with other ministries.

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