About 40 percent of eligible voters nationwide cast ballots in the
municipal and Senate elections that took place on Friday and Saturday,
initial estimates show. The estimated turnout varies widely from town to
town and district to district, the Czech News Agency reports.
In the Karlovy Vary region, for example, the average turnout was less than 20 percent while in the central and southern Bohemian regions participation was at about 35 percent as of noon, two hours before the polls closed, at 2 p.m.
One-third of the seats in the upper house of Parliament are being contested. A second round of voting in the Senate elections takes place next weekend, for contestants who fail to win 50 percent of the vote in the first round.
A total of 216,000 candidates ran for around 62,000 seats in city and local councils. There were 236 candidates vying for one of the 27 vacant seats in the Senate.
Novelist Jiří Hájíček has informed the Ministry of Culture that he
will not accept the National Literature Prize because some jury members had
quit after the parliamentary elections and so the award cannot be
Hájicek, who began his literary career as a poet, has written six books and numerous short stories, many set in the countryside and written in a literary style he has described as a blend of suggestive narration and Slavonic melancholy.
He won the 2006 Magnesia Litera prize for prose with his novel Selský baroko (Rustic Baroque). Hájicek's short story Lvíčata (Lion Cubs) was published in the Best European Fiction anthology in 2017.
The Kampa Museum in Prague is staging a special exhibition in honour of the
celebrated painter František Kupka to mark the centenary of the founding
Entitled “František Kupka: legionnaire and patriot”, the retrospective covers the artist’s entire career, tracing his path from symbolism to abstraction, of which the Czech painter was a pioneer.
Kupka served as a volunteer in the First World War with the Czechoslovak legions in France, where he lived most of his life.
About one-third of Czechs never read the books on their high school’s
list of compulsory literature while roughly another third say the assigned
books discouraged them from reading in general, according to a poll by the
internet bookstore Martinus.cz.
Among the least read books on traditional compulsory lists include the Czech classics “Grandmother” by Božena Němcová and “The Good Soldier Švejk” by Jaroslav Hašek. The most widely read works include poems by Karel Jaromír Erben and Jan Neruda.
About 90 percent of Czechs polled agreed that compulsory reading in schools should remain in place, Jitka Macounová of Martinus.cz told the Czech News Agency.
Economists Aleš Michl and Tomáš Holub are set to become the newest
members of the Czech National Bank board in November.
Michl, an external advisor to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, has often come out in favour of a stronger crown and criticized forex interventions by the central bank.
Holub has worked at the central bank since 2004 as head of the currency department. His appointment was confirmed on Saturday to the daily Lidové noviny.¨
They will fill the seats of Mojmír Hampl and Vladimír Tomšík, whose mandates are finishing.
Police and snake capture specialists on Friday captured a pet green mamba
that had gone missing in Prague’s district of Hlubočepy for several
The deadly snake was spotted in a garden about 200 metres from the apartment building in which it had been illegally kept, and which police had evacuated until its capture.
The green mamba’s apparent owner was put into an induced coma after being admitted to hospital and given an anti-venom serum.
Economist Aleš Michl, an external advisor to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš,
is set to become the newest member of the Czech National Bank board in
He will replace central bank vice governor Mojmír Hampl, whose second and final term expires next month. Board member Vladimír Tomšík will also be stepping down shortly, but no candidate to replace him has yet been announced.
Analysts say Michl could be among the so-called hawks on the board, meaning an advocate of interest rate hikes. In the past, he has often come out in favour of a stronger crown and criticized forex interventions by the central bank.
The Office of President Miloš Zeman has rejected a complaint by the
European Roma Rights Centre that the Czech head of state’s recent
statements about the work ethic of Romania people was racist and undermines
Zeman said last week that while he was no fan of communism, at least under that system “the Roma were forced to work”.
In response, thousands of Romani people have posted pictures of themselves at their jobs as part of a social media campaign initiated by community member Štefan Pongo and supported by the Romea organisation.
Zeman said on Friday that he was happy to have “received photos from some of the 10 percent of Roma who work”.
Unemployment dropped slightly in September, according to a poll of analysts
by the Czech News Agency. Official statistics from the Labour Office show
unemployment stood at 3.1 percent in August.
The consensus among analysts is unemployment dropped a further 0.1 percent last month due to regular seasonal factors, namely an increase in hiring after the summer months. The Labour Office is due to publish official figures on October 8.