Saturday, 15 December 2018

Politics

ČSSD will not participate in Friday's vote of no confidence

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Nov 2018

The leadership of the Social Democrats told reporters, that the party's 15 MPs would not participate in Friday's vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, after an extensive meeting on Wednesday. Leader Jan Hamáček suggested that ČSSD MPs would leave the room when the vote was called on Friday, and that this was the only solution that the ČSSD thought appropriate. It is expected that the minority government will survive, as the opposition will not have the required 101 votes, without the ČSSD MPs.

Weakest Senate in history

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Nov 2018

Hospodarske Noviny suggests that the Senate, which finished its term last month, was politically, the weakest Senate the country has seen since its inception. Analysing the Senate's involvement in the law-making process, HN suggests that, only in 9 instances in the previous two years, was the Senate able to push through its version of a law.

United opposition to vote against Babiš on Friday

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Nov 2018

Leaders of the opposition announced to reporters on Tuesday, that the opposition would unanimously vote against the government in Friday's vote of no confidence. Leaders of the Pirates, TOP 09, STAN and ODS called on President Milos Zeman not to reinstall Prime Minister Andrej Babis, should he fail in Friday's vote.

Communists to support Babiš

Prague Daily Monitor |
21 Nov 2018

The leadership of the Communist party (KSCM) agreed to extend support to embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babis and the minority government over the Stork's Nest matter on Tuesday night.

ČSSD Vice Chair Netolický says Babiš should go to let government survive

Prague Daily Monitor |
20 Nov 2018

Vice Chair Martin Netolický of the Social Democrats told Czech Television on Monday night, that Prime Minister Andrej Babiš should voluntarily resign and let ANO appoint another leader in his place. This would be the preferred option for a number of ČSSD MPs, as the ČSSD grapples with its choices, before Friday's no confidence vote.

Babiš meets with Zeman at Lány, has his support

Prague Daily Monitor |
20 Nov 2018

Embattled Prime Minister Andrej Babiš met with President Miloš Zeman at the Lany Chateau for dinner on Monday to discuss the ongoing controversy about the Stork's Nest matter and his son's involvement. Babiš told reporters after the dinner, that he had the support of Zeman in the matter, and that the President would offer him a chance to form a government again, should Babiš be defeated in a vote of no confidence on Friday.

Hamáček visits Zeman to ask what he would do if gov't fell

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Nov 2018

Czech Television reports that Jan Hamáček the leader of the ČSSD, the junior partner in the governing coalition visited President Miloš Zeman at Prague Castle on Thursday evening. Hamáček reportedly visited Zeman to consult with him about the scandal surrounding Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, and how Zeman's next moves might play into the ČSSD's decision about the matter.

Senate passes resolution against Babiš

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Nov 2018

The newly formed Senate, which met on Thursday for the second time, voted in favour of a resolution urging Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to step down, while he was being investigated in the Stork's Nest matter.

Pirate Hřib officially Prague's new mayor

Prague TV |
16 November 2018

Zdeněk Hřib of the Pirate party has been elected the new mayor of Prague by the City Assembly on Nov. 15. The 39 assembly members voted in favor, while 12 were against and 14 abstained.

Embattled Czech PM fighting for his political future

Radio Prague |
15 November 2018

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is once again fighting for his political future in the wake of revelations that his son, who allegedly suffers from a mental disorder was held in Crimea against his will by his father's associate to prevent him testifying in the Stork's Nest affair in which the prime minister faces charges of EU subsidy fraud. Could this be the end of the road for the besieged Czech prime minister? Political analyst Jiří Pehe thinks not.

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