The lower house will not vote at its current session on removing Tomio
Okamura as deputy speaker over his statements about the Lety concentration
camp. The Christian Democrats’ Jan Bartošek said he had enough
signatures to ensure a vote on the issue. However, only 70 of 169 deputies
present gave their backing to the item’s inclusion on the session’s
Mr. Okamura had earlier discussed his comments on Lety with ANO deputies, who opposed a vote on his position.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy leader said in an interview that inmates at the camp had been free to come and go. In reality more than 300 prisoners were killed at Lety and hundreds more were sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. He later apologised for saying Lety had no fence.
Representatives of Uber are to meet the prime minister in resignation,
Andrej Babiš, on Thursday next week, he told reporters on Tuesday. The ANO
chief said he had sent a letter to the head of Czech Uber calling on the
company to adhere to local legislation or cease offering transportation
Taxi drivers in Prague have held a series of protests against Uber, which they consider unfair competition. The minister of transport, Dan Ťok, has promised tougher regulation of Uber and similar services but said no new legislation would be introduced in the near future.
The leader of the Communist Party, Vojtěch Filip, says he will stand again
for the position of chairman. After the Communists had their worst ever
showing in a general election in October, Mr. Filip said he would not run
again for the post he has held since 2005.
The party came fifth with less than 8 percent in the last elections. Leaders subsequently called an extraordinary congress in April at which all leadership positions will be up for grabs.
Mr. Filip said that he was the longest serving chairman of any party in the lower house and that making changes could involve risks for the Communists.
The prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, has called on the
director of the General Inspectorate of the Security Forces, Michal Murín,
to resign. Mr. Murín told the news website Aktuálně.cz that Mr. Babiš
asked him to step down twice this month, saying he had lost faith in the
official. The inspectorate investigates crimes committed by members of the
Mr. Murín said the prime minister had told him that if he quit he would avoid being embroiled in a scandal. The head of the inspectorate can be removed on the proposal of the government and after deliberations by the lower house’s security committee.
Though the ANO government is in resignation it has removed made several high profile personnel changes, including the boss of CzechInvest, the heads of two hospitals and the director general of Czech Post.
The number of doctors retiring from the profession in the Czech Republic
could next year exceed the number of fresh medicine graduates, according to
the Institute of Health Information and Statistics. However, teaching
hospitals are unable to boost student numbers due to a lack of funding and
teachers, representatives of such facilities and the education and health
ministries said at a news conference in Prague on Tuesday.
Unless changes are made, a third of working doctors will be aged 60 or over by the year 2025, the head of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics, Ladislav Dušek, said. He said that the number of medical students needed to grow by 20 to 25 percent to prevent a shortfall in future.
Prague’s Municipal Court has released Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim,
the Czech News Agency reported, quoting Mr. Muslim’s Czech lawyer,
Miroslav Krutina. The state attorney had recommended that Mr. Muslim be
remanded in custody pending an extradition hearing. Mr. Krutina said the
court had accepted his client’s pledge to take part in all further court
Mr. Muslim is a former leader of the PYD party, which Turkey considers a terrorist organisation. He was arrested in Prague on Saturday on a warrant issued by Turkey and Czech officials must decide whether to hand him over to Ankara.
On Monday Turkey’s ambassador to Prague said the release of Mr. Muslim could have a negative impact on Czech-Turkish relations.
Earlier Turkey’s minister of justice, Abdülhamit Gül, said his government would not do a deal with the Czech Republic under which two Czechs in prison in Turkey would be released in exchange for Mr. Muslim.
Czechs Markéta Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas are serving six years in Turkey for supporting the Kurdish militia YPG.
The Interpreter, a new film starring Jiří Menzel and Austrian actor Peter
Simonischek, known for the hit Toni Erdmann, gets its Czech premiere in
Prague on Tuesday night. The movie was written and directed by Slovak
filmmaker Martin Šulík and focuses on events linked to the Nazi period in
The Interpreter received its world premiere last week at the Berlin International Film Festival, where Mr. Menzel was awarded its Berlinale Kamera on his 80th birthday.
Hockey goalie Petr Mrázek got his first shutout for the Philadelphia
Flyers on Monday following his recent trade from the Detroit Red Wings. The
goaltender stopped a total of 33 shots by the Montreal Canadiens while the
Flyers scored once against the Habs for the win. Mrazek also got the win in
his debut against the Blue Jackets, which ended 2-1.
Centre Tomáš Plekanec, 35, traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs by Montreal debuted with the Leafs against Tampa Bay on Monday. The club lost in the penalty shootout by a score of 4-3.
Plekanec, who had spent his entire NHL career until now with Montreal and is 7th on the club’s all-time games played list, says it would take a few practices and matches to settle in; but said he was excited by the skills and creativity on display in Toronto. In the trade, Plekanec has a good chance of seeing playoff action while Montreal is well adrift of making it into the post-season.
Freezing temperatures dropped to record lows in the Czech Republic for the
third straight night as arctic conditions around the country continue. In
total, 15 of 148 measuring stations in operation for 30 years or more
recorded temperatures below -20 degrees Celsius, especially in mountainous
The very lowest temperature was recorded at Nová Louka in Bedřichov (Jizera Mountains). That station there has been in operation for three years.
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Facemask requirement eased but new restrictions for area hit by spike in Covid-19 cases
Traditional tourist sites open to visitors after long break
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