Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says those in his Social Democrats who have been criticising him in recent weeks can also run for the party leadership if they so wish. It is believed that his words were aimed at MP Jeroným Tejc and Jiří Zimola, the governor of South Bohemia, both of whom have been openly critical of the party leader since the Social Democrats’ poor showing in regional elections last month. The latter said that party would benefit if it split the posts of PM and chairman as Mr. Sobotka was incapable of stemming a decline in voter support.
Prague councillors have voted to file a claim for damages linked to the Opencard system against former city officials, including one-time mayor Pavel Bém. Councillors say they hope the move will lead to the prosecution of Mr. Bém and others over the Opencard, an electronic ticket for public transport and other services that is being discontinued. The system cost Prague around CZK 1.7 billion. A spokesperson said City Hall had been considering the move for over a year.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has issued two pardons to women in prison, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said on Tuesday. Mr. Ovčáček said one of the pardons, for a woman who is looking after her young child in jail, was requested by Pope Francis in a letter to Mr. Zeman. The Czech head of state has granted five pardons since taking office and the mother, who has served most of her sentence, is the first of them not to have serious health problems.
The president of France, Francois Hollande, is expected in Prague on Wednesday next week to meet the Czech head of state, Miloš Zeman. Mr. Hollande had been due to come to the city in July but cancelled the visit after terror attacks in Nice and Normandy. At that time the French president had been expected to hold talks with Mr. Zeman and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka on the security situation in Europe and the future of the EU in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave.
Czech climber Adam Ondra has become the second person in the world to achieve a free ascent of the Dawn Wall, a mountain face on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in the United States. Along with his back-up Pavel Blažek, Ondra managed to scale the wall in eight days, knocking 11 days off the previous record. The pair slept in a tent hanging from the mountain as they carried out the record-breaking climb.
The Czech Republic’s second-biggest internet retailer, Mall.cz, delivered its first package by drone on Tuesday. The unmanned aerial vehicle took around five minutes to bring the delivery from a distribution centre near Prague to a customer 1.7 km away, landing on their garden. Boss Jakub Havrlant said the test made Mall better prepared for a discussion on possible legislative changes relating to the use of drones in the Czech Republic.
A former policeman has been sentenced to two years in prison for the shooting dead of a 23-year-old man in Přerov, north Moravia last year. Robert Fryč was found guilty of the negligent killing of the man after being called out to deal with a fight outside a bar in the town. The judges panel said that Mr. Fryč had reacted completely disproportionately to the situation and compared his behaviour to driving through a village at 130 km an hour after drinking three beers.
The Prague Municipal Court has rejected an appeal from an Ostrava woman who a lower court refused to award compensation for the fact that she is forced to live in an environment with polluted air, iDnes.cz reported. Pavla Skýbová was seeking CZK 1 million from the state on the grounds that timely action was not taken to improve the air quality in Ostrava. In recent years some carcinogens up to nine times above EU limits have been found in the air in the north Moravian city.
The planned Metro D line in Prague may end up having only two stations, at the beginning and end of its route, as the city has been unable to acquire the necessary adjacent land to build more, according to reports. The line would begin at Prague’s Pankrác, close to the city centre, and end at Písnice. Original plans counted on the line having ten stops and the new line is to be 10.6 kilometres in length. Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová and Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek approved the modifications to the original proposal, prague.tv reported, and submitted the proposal for the two-station line to the Prague Public Transit Company’s Supervisory Board.