The country’s incoming prime minister, Andrej Babiš, has said he will
begin looking for support for his minority government beginning the week
before Christmas. Mr Babiš issued a statement at a press conference in
Prague following a meeting of ¨ the proposed cabinet in Prague. Currently,
it is unclear whether Babiš will find enough support. His ANO Party has a
more seats in the chamber than any other (78) but still falls short of the
minimum 101 needed for the slimmest of majorities.
The ANO leader said he would negotiate with the other parties in the lower house in the order they finished in the election in October, which means his first talks will be with the Civic Democrats.
Immunologist Ivo Hána, one of the most leading names in the field in the
former Czechoslovakia as well as the Czech Republic, has died at the age of
89. His family released the news to the Czech News Agency.
Professor Hána received the state honour, the Order of Merit, from President Václav Klaus in 2008.
Hána was the honorary chairman of the Czech Immunological Society; in the 1980s he worked at Prague’s General Teaching Hospital and also headed the immunization centre for WHO in several developing countries.
President Miloš Zeman will officially accept the resignation of Prime
Minister Bohuslav Sobokta’s government on Tuesday.
Later this week, the head of state is to meet with ministerial nominees and will name the new government next week.
After the government is named, the new prime minister, Andrej Babiš, will have 30 days to ask the Chamber of Deputies for backing in a confidence vote. Mr Babiš has made clear he will ask for the vote in January.
The remains of a footbridge which collapsed in Prague on Saturday leaving
four people injured – two of them seriously – are being transported to
a nearby concreting plant for expert inspection. The news was confirmed on
Monday by Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek. Expert assessment should
reveal what caused the bridge, which stood between Prague’s Troja with
Císařský Island, to collapse into the Vltava River.
Prague City Hall is considering closing down several more bridges for emergency repairs, among them the Radotin footbridge and Hlavkův Bridge¨. Mr Dolínek rejected claims that Prague City Hall had neglected maintenance of the city’s bridges, saying Prague had invested 1.2 billion crowns into the maintenance of bridges between 2014 and 2017.
The country’s next prime minister, Andrej Babiš, has said his ANO party
will ask the Communist Party to nominate someone other than Zdeněk
Ondráček to head the standing parliamentary commission overseeing GIBS,
the police general inspectorate. He made the statement in reaction to a
letter from presidential candidate Michal Horáček asking him to use his
political clout to block the nomination.
Mr Ondráčka, Horáček wrote, was a member of an emergency police unit which clashed with demonstrators protesting against Czechoslovakia’s communist regime in 1989. Mr Babiš called Ondráček’s nomination “problematic”.
He added that all post-election dealing on lower house posts had been led by his deputy, Jaroslav Faltýnek, and that concrete names had not been part of negotiations.
Police were called to the scenes of two unrelated deaths in Prague at the
weekend. In the incidents both men, middle-aged and likely living on the
street, are believed to have frozen to death. One of the deceased was found
in Prague's Bohnice and the other in Prague 5.
Police have ordered autopsies in both cases.
The average wage in the Czech Republic rose by 6.8 percent to 29,050 crowns
in the 3Q, according to figures released by the Czech Statistics Office.
This represents an average monthly increase of 1,840 crowns.
The Statistics Office notes in this respect that the average wage is driven by salaries in Prague and two thirds of employees in the country get below-average salaries. The average wage in Moravia is 26,498 crowns.
Prime minister designate Andrej Babiš has confirmed the final name in the
line-up of his minority cabinet. The Education Ministry is to be headed by
its current deputy for research and development, Robert Plaga.
The minority government is made up of ANO party members and unaffiliated experts. It should be appointed to office by the president on December 13th, but Babiš said the cabinet would hold its first meeting this week. Mr. Babiš himself will be appointed prime minister on Wednesday, December 6th.