The former prime minister, Petr Nečas, has divorced his wife Radka, to whom he was married for 27 years. The couple’s relationship became highly publicized in the past couple of months, after the police accused Mr. Nečas’s former chief-of-staff Jana Nagyova of ordering the military intelligence service to spy on his then-wife. In July, Mrs. Nagyova and Mr. Nečas officially announced that they have been in a relationship. Petr and Radka Nečas have four children together, two of whom are minors.
Czech industrial output fell by 5.3 percent at constant prices year-on-year in June after a 2.2 percent drop in May, the Czech Statistical Office said on Tuesday. Month-on-month, seasonally adjusted industrial output dropped by 0.9 percent in June. The floods that hit the Czech Republic in early June caused a 0.2 percentage point drop in industrial production, according to the CSU's estimate.
Meteorologists have issued fresh storm warnings for six regions of the Czech Republic. The warning is valid for Prague, central Bohemia, Karlovy Vary, Plzen, South Bohemia and Usti regions as of late Tuesday until early Wednesday. People have been warned to expect high winds and hail storms. Sunday’s storms caused severe damage around the country and power companies are still working to renew electricity supplies to some of the worst affected regions.
Chairman of the Social Democratic party Bohuslav Sobotka said that he is planning to propose that his party walks out during the confidence vote for the interim government on Wednesday. The Social Democratic party will most likely decide on its position on Tuesday. Mr. Sobotka said that not participating in the vote at allow will allow his party to distance itself from Jiří Rusnok’s government, but they will also not be voting with their political rivals in the Civic Democratic and TOP 09 parties. If all of his party members were to accept this strategy, it would mean that Mr. Rusnok’s government will not win the confidence vote. Leaders of the former center-right coalition have said that all of their MPs should be present at the Wednesday vote and are expected to vote against the caretaker government.
Twelve regional governors have expressed support for the caretaker government of Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok. Thirteen of the 14 regional leaders participated in the vote of the Association of Region. The mayor of Prague Tomáš Hudeček was the only one to voted against supporting the government. The governors who voted in support of Mr. Rusnok were from the Social Democratic and Communist parties. Mr. Rusnok is now counting on the support of 97 MPs during the Wednesday confidence vote in the lower house of parliament, which is sufficient if there are no more than 193 MPs present. Leaders of the former center-right coalition parties – Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and LIDEM – said they will not support the caretaker government; the Social Democrats and Communists will most likely announce their stance on Tuesday.
The bodies of two Czech tourists, who died last week under yet unknown circumstances in Egypt, will most likely be transported to the Czech Republic on Tuesday, according to the Foreign Ministry. The mother and her 8-year old daughter were found dead in their hotel room in the Egyptian resort of Hurghada by the husband of the woman and father of the child, who is being prevented from leaving the country by Egyptian authorities. The father has not been charged by the police, but has been asked to remain in the country as the only known person connected to the incident. Doctors in Hurghada have said that the two victims must have ingested a strong poison, most likely in liquid form. The official results of the autopsy examination have not been released.
The former and current town councilors of the north Moravian Frýdek-Místek have been charged over alleged overpriced tenders given out from 2010 to 2012. Former mayor, current councilwoman and senator for the Social Democratic party Eva Richtrová told the Czech News Agency that the corruption charges were apparently filed on Friday, although she has not yet received any formal paperwork. The police would have to file a request with the senate to rescind Mrs. Richtrová’s parliamentary immunity in order to prosecute her.
Plzeň’s Škoda Transportation company has signed a contract with the German state railway operator Deutsche Bahn worth 2.6 billion crowns, to produce six new trains for the neighboring region of Bavaria. The trains will be made up of locomotives type 109E and five double-deck passenger cars, specially designed for Deutsche Bahn’s regional operator DB Regio. The trains are scheduled to begin running in December 2016. The contract with one of the top railway companies in Europe will help open more international opportunities for Škoda Transportation.
The Supreme Audit Office has found that the construction of Czech highways could have been cheaper by one-fifth: one kilometer of new highway in past construction projects, averaged 416 million crowns. The bureau focused on road construction from 2008 to 2012 and included comparisons with neighboring Germany in its valuation. A network of roads and throughways conceived in the 1990s by the Transport Ministry was to have been completed by now. But according to current estimates, it could take another 32 years and cost the state 520 billion crowns before all plans are fulfilled.
Some 10,000 Czech homes were left without electricity after strong winds and storms on Sunday, particularly in the Central Bohemian, Pardubice and Plzeň regions. Fire fighters responded in some 350 cases on Sunday afternoon and night in western Bohemia, and dozens of cases in the Moravian Olomouc and Zlín regions. Because of the large number of high voltage facilities that were damaged, a state of emergency has been temporarily declared in the Pardubice and Central Bohemian regions. Twenty-five people (18 of them youngsters) were evacuated from a children’s camp in Jablečná na Rokycansku.