The Czech women's national tennis team has booked a spot in this year's Fed Cup final, edging Germany by an overall score of 4:1. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová secured Czech participation with a convincing victory over Angelique Kerber in Stuttgart on Sunday. It will be the Czechs' sixth appearance in the final in eight years.
Deputy leader of ANO Jaroslav Faltýnek has said he expects a written
coalition agreement between ANO and the Social Democrats to be put together
over the next two weeks.
Speaking on a Sunday TV debate program, he added that both parties had already agreed on coalition priorities. He said that a similar stage had been reached with the Communist Party.
The emerging minority government is to hoping to lean on tacit support from the Communists in order to secure a majority as well as to pass key legislation. The Communists' Jiří Dolejš said if an agreement was also reached with his party, the Communist Party leadership could ratify the deal in May.
Prime minister in resignation Andrej Babiš, the head of ANO, was among the
first to tweet congratulations to the head of the Communist Party Vojtěch
Filip, Novinky.cz reports.
Mr Filip, who has led the party for 12 years, was re-elected at the party's congress in Nymburk on Saturday. He narrowly defeated challenger Josef Skála by just 20 votes. His continuation as chairman was not assured after the party's poor results in last year's parliamentary election.
In his tweet, the prime minister expressed the hope the move would pave the way for a new government with majority backing in the lower house. For the first time since 1989, the government will have to rely on the Communists for outside support.
ANO and the Social Democrats are currently negotiating who will be in the minority coalition. The Czech Republic has had a government in resignation since January.
Hundreds of attendees took part in the 15th annual Culture Against
Anti-Semitism on Sunday, combining the March of Good Will along with a
Traditionally, the march, which is open to participants of all ages, begins at Franz Kafka Square in the former Jewish quarter and leads to Wallenstein Garden outside the Czech Senate, where cultural events are scheduled.
Along the route, in front of the Rudolfinum concert hall, participants paid homage to victims of the Holocaust; this year, the upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel was also being marked.
Police in Teplice have charged a 29-year-old woman with the murder of her
baby, found dead in a local recycling bin for glass several dozen meters
from her home. The body of the newborn was discovered on Thursday by a
passerby who was rummaging through the bin.
A police representative said the newborn had been denied primary care after birth. Novinky.cz reported that neighbours had no idea that the local woman, described as heavily overweight, had been pregnant.
This Saturday, April 21, was the warmest day of the year so far in the Czech Republic with the temperature hitting 29 degrees Celsius in places. Meteorologists reported that records for the day had been broken at some 100 of 147 measuring stations. Many Czechs took the opportunity to spend at least part of the day outdoors.
Vojtěch Filip has been re-elected chairman of the Communist Party.
He was elected in a second-round secret ballot, narrowly defeating "orthodox wing" head Josef Skála. Mr Filip is himself regarded as a more hardline leader than some in the party.
In the ballot he received 165 votes and his challenger 145. The congress is taking place behind closed doors following an address by the president earlier on Saturday.
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