Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Politics

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 iDNES.cz 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.

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.

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