The speaker of the last Chamber of Deputies, Jan Hamáček of the Social
Democrats, has called the first meeting of the new one. MPs elected last
month will, as expected, meet for a constituent session of the lower house
on Monday November 20 from 13:00.
President Miloš Zeman had already announced that date for the first meeting of the new Chamber of Deputies. At 30 days after general elections it is the latest date for such a meeting permissible under the Czech Constitution.
All parties in the lower house should be represented on important
committees and commissions, while the opposition ought to head the
committee overseeing the security services, a number of groupings agreed on
Wednesday. Representatives of the Civic Democrats, TOP 09, the Mayors and
Independents and the Czech Pirate Party said they had reached accord on
those demands following a meeting convened by Pirates’ leader Ivan
However, Jaroslav Faltýnek of election winners ANO said the division of places on Chamber of Deputies committees was based on the rules of the lower house.
Meanwhile other post-election talks continued on Wednesday. The Czech News Agency reported that ANO want to appoint Tomáš Hüner as minister of industry and trade in a minority government being assembled by party leader Andrej Babiš.
President Miloš Zeman says election winners ANO could form a government
with the help of two other parties, the website Denik.cz reported on
Wednesday. Speaking on a visit to the Liberec Region, the head of state
said he believed Andrej Babiš’s party would not need to make three
attempts to win approval in the lower house as a second grouping would join
the Communists in allowing the formation of a minority government. However,
Mr. Zeman did not name the second party.
The Communists have issued a number of demands to ANO in exchange for tolerating their planned minority cabinet, including a law on referendums.
The number of visitors who stayed in Czech hotels and other forms of
accommodation increased by 5.9 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of
2017 to reach seven million. There was an increase in the number of both
international and domestic tourists, according to figures released on
Wednesday by the Czech Statistics Office.
The total number of nights booked in Czech accommodation facilities between July and October was 19.9 million, a rise of 4.2 percent on the same period in 2016.
The Office of the President says it is planning to take legal action
against a Brno local politician who claimed that President Miloš Zeman was
suffering from cancer and only had months left to live. Svatopluk Bartík
of the group Žít Brno made the claim on social media.
However, Mr. Zeman’s spokesman described the allegation as a disgusting lie and referred to Mr. Bartík as human garbage. He said the Office of the President would file a complaint and criminal charges against the Brno politician.
On Wednesday the president’s doctor, Miloslav Kalaš, described the claim as completely fabricated and baseless. Mr Zeman, who has been head of state since 2013, this week registered to run for a second term in office.
The Czech Republic’s footballers will take part in the China Cup next
year, it was announced on Wednesday. They will face the hosts, Wales and
Uruguay in the four-team international competition, which will be held in
the last week of March in the city of Nanning.
The Czechs missed out on qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia and may use the China Cup as preparation for their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020, which will begin in September.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic dropped to its lowest point in almost 20
years in October to just 3.6 percent. The result was confirmed in data
released by the Czech Labor Office. In December 1997, the number of people
without work was around 269,000. The amount of those without work in
October this year numbered around 271,000. Meanwhile, the number of
vacancies grew by some 4,000 to 210,000.
The drop in unemployment and rise of vacant positions is particularly significant year-on-year: last October, unemployment stood at five percent and the amount of vacancies was 70,000 fewer.
Czech hockey forward Jaromír Jágr returned to the line-up on Tuesday
night for the Calgary Flames, but did not get on the scoreboard. He had
been recovering from a minor lower-body injury. The forward played a total
of 13 minutes. The Flames were even 3:3 against the Vancouver Canucks, but
the match slipped away in 38 seconds when the Canucks got back-to-back
goals in the third period.
Montreal Canadiens’ forward Tomáš Plekanec got an assist on the opening goal of the night for the Habs against newcomers the Vegas Golden Knights on their first ever visit to Montreal’s Bell Centre.
The Habs edged Vegas by a score of 3:2, their third straight win.
The head of the Communist party, Vojtěch Filip met with President Miloš
Zeman at Lány chateau on Tuesday to discuss conditions for supporting a
minority government headed by ANO leader Andrej Babiš. The Communists
would insist, Mr Filip said, on a general referendum bill, a program
regularly raising the minimum wage over a four-year period, and a bill
protecting natural wealth, that is, the ownership of natural resources,
following the recent debate over lithium reserves.
Other items important for the party, Mr Filip told journalists after his meeting with the president, were a matter to be debated. He estimated that a new minority government could face a confidence vote by Christmas.