Thursday, 27 June 2019

Politics

Profile of new Brno mayor Markéta Vaňková

Brno Daily |
16 October 2018

Attorney and career politician Markéta Vaňková has become the second woman to hold the highest political position in the city, after constitutional judge Dagmar Lastovecká (ODS).

Zeman warns ČSSD about split, suggests scrapping Senate

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Oct 2018

In a no-holds-barred interview with Czech Radio's Radiožurnál program, President Miloš Zeman warned his former party, the Social Democrats about an impending split after the debacle of the communal and Senate elections, as voices rose against current leader Jan Hamáček. He also added that the Senate was an unnecessary institution in the Czech Republic because voters had little confidence in its abilities and it deserved to be scrapped.

Chovancec calls for ČSSD to leave gov't, Hamáček criticizes him

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Oct 2018

Former acting head of the ČSSD and former Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, published a letter to the Social Democratic party on social media, suggesting that going into a minority government was a mistake and that it was better off sitting in the opposition.

Ruling coalition will need KSČM more after Senate debacle

Prague Daily Monitor |
16 Oct 2018

Hospodářské noviny reports that the ruling coalition comprised of ANO and the Social Democrats will now be more dependent on the Communists in the lower house to pass critical legislation. This is due to the fact that the Senate will now be under the control of the opposition, after both the ruling parties failed poorly in the weekend's elections. It is expected that the Senate will return key legislation to the Chamber, especially on issues that concern labour and expansion of government.

Analyst: Poor ANO showing reflects Senate's counterweight role - and Babis's lack of respect for chamber

Radio Prague |
16 October 2018

The Civic Democrats and the Mayors and Independents gained 10 and seven seats, respectively, in elections to one-third of seats in the Senate that concluded at the weekend. In stark contrast, governing parties ANO and the Social Democrats won only one mandate apiece. Though ANO's poor showing has vexed leader Andrej Babiš, the outcome was not unexpected, says political scientist Petr Just.

Senate chair's position up for grabs

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Oct 2018

The Civic Democrats (ODS) and Alliance of Mayors (STAN) are currently the largest parties in the senate and both have their eyes set on the prestigious senate chair's spot.

Senate without communists

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Oct 2018

Continuing a dismal week for left-wing parties, the Senate for the first time since 1993 will be without a representative from the Communist party (KSCM).

ODS causes upset, wins most Senate seats

Prague Daily Monitor |
15 Oct 2018

The Civic Democrats won the Senate elections with 9 seats, after results were declared in the second round run-offs on Saturday evening. ODS senators won several runoffs against candidates from PM Andrej Babis's ANO movement, despite being behind them in the first round results. The Social Democrats who were defending 13 seats only managed to save one of those, and lost 12, supplementing their wipeout in the communal elections last week. A record number of independent/unaffiliated candidates also made into the Senate this year.

Why are there so few Roma politicians?

Radio Prague |
15 October 2018

Whereas in 1990 there were eight Roma MPs in the Czechoslovak Parliament, today there are none and candidates who belong to the minority have not had much success in the recent communal elections either.

Pirates leader Hřib expects to be mayor

Prague Daily Monitor |
12 Oct 2018

Czech Television reports that Zdeněk Hřib, leader of the Pirates, expects to be mayor of Prague and remains quite steadfast in his demand. Officially the leaders of all three parties of the proposed coalition including Jan Čižinský from Praha sobě and Jiří Pospíšil from TOP 09 are potential mayors.

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