The final version of a coalition deal between the Social Democrats, ANO and the Christian Democrats should be drawn up within a fortnight, the Social Democrats’ deputy leader Alena Gajdůšková said on Tuesday. Officials from her party are preparing a draft agreement that will be presented to the other two parties involved in negotiations at the weekend. To date the Social Democrats and ANO, the largest groupings in the likely coalition, have divided a few key positions between themselves.
The Christian Democrats may not join a coalition if a law preventing collaborators with the communist-era secret police, the StB, from attaining high office is removed from the statute books. The party’s deputy leader, Jan Bartošek, said he foresaw a “big collision” in connection with the issue. The leader of the Social Democrats has questioned the usefulness of the lustration (screening) law. The head of ANO has been listed as a collaborator with the StB, which could mean he cannot become a minister.
The leader of ANO, business tycoon Andrej Babiš, is set purchase the company that operates Impuls, the most popular radio station in the Czech Republic. Mr. Babiš’s Agrofert have signed a letter of intent with Londa, the owner of Impuls, with the deal yet to be considered by the country’s anti-trust agency. Earlier this year, Mr. Babiš’s firm bought the publisher of two leading Czech newspapers. An Agrofert executive has said the company is also considering the acquisition of a TV station.
President Miloš Zeman has named Radovan Suchánek a Constitutional Court judge in a ceremony at the head of state’s residence at Lány near Prague. Justice Suchánek was previously a legal advisor to the Social Democrats and has pledged not to rule in cases where he could be accused of bias. At 40, he is the youngest member of the court. Mr. Zeman is recuperating at Lány from a knee injury and was making his first public appearance in around a month.
Police in Chomutov in northwest Bohemia are following two lines of inquiry in connection with the shooting dead last week of Roman Houska, a businessman and influential member of the local Social Democrats, Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Tuesday. The daily said detectives suspect the murder may have been linked to either the distribution of subsides or a loan made by the deceased. Police reportedly believe that Mr. Houska knew his killer. In the past, he had been accused of blackmail and corruption but never found guilty.
Journalist, diplomat and former deputy prime minister Egon Lanský has died at the age of 79. Mr. Lanský served in the government of Miloš Zeman and was also a senator for Mr. Zeman’s then party, the Social Democrats. He was active opponent of the communist regime and was best known before 1989 as a journalist with the radio station Radio Free Europe.
The funeral of singer Pavel Bobek has taken place in Prague. There was long applause at the end of Tuesday’s ceremony at a packed crematorium in the capital’s Strašnice district. Mr. Bobek passed away last week after a long illness at the age of 76. A trained architect, he was a member of the Semafor musical theatre but was best known for his versions of US country pop hits.
The hugely popular Czech pop band Nightwork brought their career to an end with a concert in front of 15,000 fans at a sold-out O2 Arena in the capital on Monday night. The Prague-based group, fronted by the actor and singer Vojtěch Dyk, put on a big show featuring songs from throughout their seven-year career.
Viktoria Plzeň have travelled to the UK for a Champions League game against Manchester City on Wednesday night. The West Bohemians were beaten 3:0 by City at their ground and have taken no points in their four Champions League group games to date. If CSKA Moscow take any points from Bayern Munich in this week’s other Group D game, Plzeň will need to equal that result against Manchester City to keep alive their hopes of securing third spot and a berth in the second-tier Europa League.
Cyclist Roman Kreuziger has won the 49th edition of the Czech Republic’s King of Cycling poll. Kreuziger, who came fifth in this year’s Tour de France, previously lifted the trophy in 2004, 2008 and 2009. In the last three years it was won by mountain biker Jaroslav Kulhavý. A member of the Saxo-Tinkoff team, Kreuziger, who is 27, is considered the greatest ever Czech road racer.
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