Thursday, 24 October 2019


Czech leader defies fraud-probe scandal to bolster his support

Bloomberg |
6 December 2018

The Czech Republic's billionaire prime minister fortified his support among potential voters, defying escalating tensions over a police investigation into whether he committed fraud. The ANO party led by Andrej Babiš widened its lead in a survey conducted by pollster STEM last month when new allegations related to the fraud probe led to a failed no-confidence motion in parliament. ANO's backing rose to 36% in November, from 33% in the previous month.

ANO grows stronger in November despite scandal

Prague Daily Monitor |
3 Dec 2018

The latest opinion polls by Kantar CZ for Czech Television show that public support for ANO, the senior partner in the governing coalition, grew stronger in November. It jumped to 32.5%, up 5.5% from October 2018, despite the scandal surrounding Prime Minister Andrej Babis and the Stork's Nest matter.

Czech government survives no-confidence vote

Radio Prague |
26 November 2018

The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has, as expected, survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. Ninety-two MPs voted for the measure, 90 voted against it, and 18 abstained. To pass, 101 votes were required.

Czechs hold EU line as PM Babis faces confidence vote

Financial Times |
23 November 2018

Tomas Petricek is a central European rarity: a firmly pro-EU minister in a region where Eurosceptic parties hold sway.

Left's Faustian pact props up Czech Trump, for now

Forbes |
23 November 2018

When the junior partner in the Czech Republic's ruling coalition, the Social Democrats, said it would allow the government to survive by abstaining from a motion of no-confidence on Friday, one of the region's oldest parties may have accelerated - by apparently delaying - its demise.

Opposition doesn't have votes to oust Babis

Prague Daily Monitor |
23 Nov 2018

PM Andrej Babis looks set to stay in his position after Friday's vote of no-confidence against him, over the Stork's Nest scandal. With the junior partner in his coalition, the CSSD abstaining and the Communists agreeing to support him, the opposition will only have 92 votes, 9 short of the 101 votes they need for the no-confidence motion to succeed.

Babiš dissapointed by ČSSD's decision not to participate in Friday's vote

Prague Daily Monitor |
22 Nov 2018

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told that he was disappointed by the Social Democrats' decision, not to participate in Friday's vote of no confidence against the government and Babiš, over the Stork's Nest scandal. Babis added that he couldn't understand why the ČSSD, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, would risk bringing down the government and early elections.

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.

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