President Miloš Zeman has pardoned a man imprisoned for bribe taking, his
spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said on Tuesday. The man was also found guilty
of abuse of power and obstructing the execution of an official decision.
He has been suffering from an oncological disease for some years and had no previous criminal record, said Mr. Ovčáček.
The leader of the opposition Christian Democrats, who is himself standing
for the upper chamber later this year, says his party will fight for the
Senate’s continued existence. Pavel Bělobrádek said opponents of the
the upper house of Parliament were out to destroy democracy, didn’t wish
to hear conflicting points of view and had a tendency to regard the Czech
Republic as a conquered land.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has described the Senate as a talking shop and his ANO party has proposed its abolition. The upper chamber came into existence in 1996.
The Czech football manager, Karel Jarolím, has called up one previously
untried player, midfielder Ondřej Petrák of Nürnberg, for his squad for
a pair of upcoming internationals.
Jarolím also gave the nod to three players who had not been picked for a year or more for a Nations League clash with Ukraine next Thursday and a friendly against Russia the following Monday.
The police have begun investigating claims by the ex-wife of former prime
minister Jiří Paroubek that he illegally acquired millions of crowns
while he was the leader of the Social Democrats, iRozhlas.cz reported,
citing a state attorney.
Petra Paroubková made the allegations in an interview last week. The pair are currently divorcing.
Mr. Paroubek says his ex-partner is attempting to scupper his chances in Senate elections in October, when he will be standing as an independent.
Average earnings in the public sector have been rising more quickly than in
the private sector in the Czech Republic, according to official figures
quoted by the Czech News Agency. Wages rose by an average of 8.4 percent
among public sector employees in 2017, compared to an average rise of 6.8
percent for those working in the private sphere.
Public sector staff took home an average of just under CZK 32,000 a month last year, around CZK 1000 more than those in the private sector.
The Czech Republic’s Karolína Plíšková has made it into the second
round at the US Open in New York. The eighth seed overcame Zarina Diyas of
Kazakhstan 6-4 7-6 despite making eight double faults and suffering four
breaks of serve.
Plíšková’s compatriots Lucie Šafářová, Barbora Strýcová and Grand Slam debutant Karolína Muchová also made it through the first round on Monday.
President Miloš Zeman will not attend this year’s United Nations General
Assembly in New York, his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said. Mr. Ovčáček
said that the president had already said everything worth saying about the
struggle against international terrorism at the UN in prevoius years.
Mr. Zeman asked the prime minister, Andrej Babiš, to replace him in New York at next month’s event. However, Mr. Babiš said he was busy so the Czech Republic will be represented by Jan Hamáček.
The latter said he would be travelling to the US as first deputy prime minister, not minister of foreign affairs, a role he currently holds in a caretaker capacity.
The Czech speed skater Karolína Erbanová has made the surprise
announcement that she has quit the sport at the age of 25. She told
journalists she would no longer tolerate the behaviour of national team
trainer Petr Novák, whose approach she described as manipulative,
humiliating and aggressive.
Erbanová earned a bronze medal in the 500 metres at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year. She also took gold at speed skating’s European Sprint Championships in 2017.
Miroslav Poche remains the Social Democrats’ only candidate for foreign
minister, the party’s leader, Jan Hamáček, told journalists on Monday.
Mr. Hamáček, who is minister of the interior, has also been acting
minister of foreign affairs since President Miloš Zeman rejected Mr.
Poche’s nomination when he appointed a coalition government of ANO and
the Social Democrats.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO recently said he expected the Social Democrats to put forward a different name for the post. He said the matter needed to be resolved soon as the Czech Republic would be marking the centenary of Czechoslovakia at the UN General Assembly in September.