Czech snowboarder Ester Ledecká ended her winning series in the giant
parallel slalom in Bulgaria’s Bansko on Sunday.
Ledecká, a Czech favourite for medals at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, ended in the quarter finals of the World Cup event.
She had previously won seven previous world cup competitions and has been on the winning podium in competitions since February 2015.
Ledecká was placed fifth in the competition but still heads the series on points.
The acting leader of the Social Democrat Party, Milan Chovanec, announced
Sunday he would stand to be leader at the party’s February congress.
Chovancec, a former minister of interior, announced his decision at a party meeting in his Plzeň region where he was backed for the post.
The party congress takes place at Hradec Králové on February 18 and should select a new leadership following October’s disastrous parliamentary elections where the party gained just 15 seats. It had previously been the biggest party in the 200-seat chamber.
One of Chovanec’s main rivals for the post is likely to be Jan Hamácík who also received regional backing on Sunday for his candidature.
Insurance claims in the Czech Republic climbed top around 284,000 in 2017,
an increase of around 31 percent, on the previous year, the Czech Insurance
Association has announced.
One of the biggest factors in the rise were the number of claims lodged due to wind damage caused by October’s Herwart hurricane. It was the 11th most damaging event since 2002.
Congratulations for his re-election were received by Czech president Miloš
Zeman from the presidents of Russia and China.
Vladimir Putin sent his congratulations along with wishes that 73-year-old Zeman enjoyed good health. He added that he was hoped for continued cooperation on issues of bilateral and multinational importance in the future.
China’s Xi Jinping the development of closer bilateral relations as well as the readiness to raise them to the highest level of strategic partnership.
Zeman’s cultivation of close ties with Russia and China were one of the themes of the election campaign.
President Miloš Zeman’s first foreign trip will be to neighbouring
Slovakia where he intends to spend two days in the Tatra mountains, his
Zeman spoke with his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska after his election victory was announced on Saturday. Traditionally newly elected Czech politicians and heads of state head for Slovakia on their first trips abroad.
Kiska’s campaign to win the Slovak presidency had been taken as a model by Zeman’s opponent in the elections, Jiří Drahoš, of how a newcomer could overcome an established political figure.
Re-elected Czech president Miloš Zeman plans to attend the Social Democrat
party conference in mid-February when a new leadership is elected,
according to acting party leader Milan Chovanec.
Chovanec was one of the guests at Zeman’s headquarters on Saturday when the president’s reelection was announced. The party meeting takes place in Hradec Králové on February 18. It follows the Social Democrats’ disastrous results in October’s parliamentary elections.
Zeman, a former Social Democrat leader and prime minister, did not attend the last party meeting when it was still headed by Bohuslav Sobotka. Zeman’s relations with some members of the party have been tense and hostile though he was backed by some in the presidential campaign, such as Chovanec.
Newly re-elected president Miloš Zeman highlighted the fact that he won
more votes this time round, around 2.8 million, than in the previous
contest five years ago in his victory speech. He got around 2.7 million in
Zeman said he hoped he would not disappoint those who supported him and that the election had been comparatively close. He added that over the following years he would continue head out into the country to talk and listen to citizens and would work just as hard as over the previous five years.
Zeman underlined the fact that this would be his last political victory and there would be no more losses. The Czech president is limited to two terms in office.
Current Czech president Miloš Zeman has become the first head of state to
be returned to office in a public vote.
Miloš Zeman won around 52% support against challenger Jiří Drahoš’ 48
percent. The turnout was given as around 66.5 percent.
Challenger Drahoš, a former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, conceded defeat at just before 4 PM local time. He said that although they had not won, they had not lost either. He highlighted the wave of energy that had accompanied his campaign and said he would be staying in public life.
Drahoš won in most of the main cities, with the exception of industrial Ostrava. Zeman’s support mostly came from smaller towns and the country. Analysts argued that Zeman’s ‘common touch’ paid off.
Zeman, 73, cast himself as the political veteran and experienced pair of hands against newcomer Drahoš. He will have a five year term and is likely to be immediately involved in moves to establish a new government following October’s elections won by Andrej Babiš’ ANO party.
Czech News agency CTK called the presidential vote in favour of current
head of state Miloš Zeman at 15.35 local time.
The call came as Zeman had around 52% support against challenger Jiří Drahoš’ 48 percent. Around 96 percent of electoral districts were counted or around 5.0 million votes. The turnout was given as around 66.5 percent.
Zeman, 73, would be the first head of state to be returned to office in a nationwide poll.
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