Monday, 19 February 2018

Politics

Drahoš against, Zeman for referendum in presidential debate

ČTK |
26 Jan 2018

Decisions on basic affairs in referendums are dangerous, presidential candidate academic Jiri Drahos said in the presidential debate on Czech Television on Thursday, citing Brexit, while President Milos Zeman said this had offended Britons and that he was for the plebiscite.

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Zeman made more untrue statements than Drahoš in TV duel

ČTK |
25 Jan 2018

President Milos Zeman made more untrue statements than Jiri Drahos, his rival in the upcoming presidential election runoff, in their duel on the commercial TV Prima on Tuesday, according to an analysis on Demagog.cz, which assessed seven of Zeman's total 28 statements as untrue.

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Drahoš: Zeman fails to approach gov't appointment like statesman

ČTK |
25 Jan 2018

Milos Zeman's approach to the naming of a new PM and cabinet is not statesmanlike as he plans to act differently if he is re-elected Czech president and if he loses the race, his rival in presidential election runoff, academic Jiri Drahos, told Czech Television on Wednesday.

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Zeman accepts Babiš's resignation

ČTK |
25 Jan 2018

President Miloš Zeman accepted the resignation of the minority government of Andrej Babiš, assigned it to rule the country until the appointment of a new cabinet and entrusted Babiš with leading talks on its formation. Zeman also said that if he were not re-elected president, he would no longer require the signatures of a majority of MPs from ANO chairman in support of his new gov't, and that he would appoint him PM in February.

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ODS insists on neither joining nor tolerating Babiš's government

ČTK |
25 Jan 2018

The Czech Civic Democrats (right-wing opposition ODS) will neither join nor tolerate a government of the ANO movement because the idea of the prosecuted Andrej Babis as prime minister is unacceptable, their leader Petr Fiala said after meeting ANO representatives.

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KDÚ-ČSL can see no progress in cabinet-forming talks with Babiš

ČTK |
25 Jan 2018

The Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) will remain in the opposition because the ANO movement insists on its leader, prosecuted Andrej Babis, being Czech prime minister, KDU-CSL leader Pavel Belobradek said after a half-an-hour meeting with ANO representatives on Wednesday.

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Last presidential TV duel to be longer than planned

ČTK |
25 Jan 2018

The duel between President Miloš Zeman and academic Jiří Drahoš that public Czech Television will broadcast live tonight, on the eve of the presidential runoff, will last 90 minutes instead of an hour originally planned.

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No knockout blows in first presidential duel

Radio Prague |
25 January 2018

The highly-anticipated first televised debate between current Czech president, Miloš Zeman, and his challenger Jiří Drahoš, drew more than two million viewers. Political veteran Zeman dictated much of the tempo and landed more punches but his opponent was seen as holding his own.

Committee: MPs should not release ex-mayor for prosecution

ČTK |
24 Jan 2018

The Czech lower house mandate and immunity committee recommended on Tuesday that the house's plenary session should not release former Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda (Civic Democrats, ODS) for prosecution in the case of the Opencard project of a smart e-card for Praguers.

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MEP Ježek ends cooperation with Babiš's ANO

ČTK |
24 Jan 2018

Czech MEP Petr Ježek, who was elected to the European Parliament for the ANO movement of Andrej Babiš, ended his cooperation with ANO, he said in a letter he sent to the ANO leadership on Tuesday. "ANO is a different movement now and it plays a different role than before," he said in the letter which is available to ČTK, adding that ANO has become highly popular, but left its original ideas.

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