Social Democratic Party leader Jan Hamáček has said the ideal solution to
the present crisis would be for the governing coalition to continue under a
different prime minister. Speaking in a debate on Czech Television,
Hamáček said the Social Democrats, who are in coalition with Babiš’s
ANO Party, are not happy with the prospect of a no-confidence vote in the
government. “We have to consider what a vote of no-confidence would bring
the country in view of the president’s intentions,” he said, pointing
out that either his party would be replaced in the coalition by the
populist SPD or the country would face a drawn-out constitutional crisis.
President Zeman said earlier this week that if the government should fall he would once again task Andrej Babis with forming a new government and noted that, in any case, the present government could continue to rule in demise for an unspecified period of time.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Czech Radio that the people who called
for his demise had fallen for "a thousand-times-repeated lies about
his alleged role as an agent of the communist secret police, claims of EU
subsidy fraud and an abduction that never happened“. The prime minister
responded to Czech Radio’s question by SMS.
Andrej Babiš is expected to address the most recent suspicions that have emerged in an interview for commercial TV NOVA on Sunday evening.
Elections to the European Parliament in the Czech Republic will be held on 24th and 24th of May next year, the Interior Ministry confirmed in a statement on Sunday. The date stems from the decision of the Council of Europe that the elections in individual member states should be held in the last weekend of the month of May. The president should officially announce the date by February 23rd.
Msgr. Charles Daniel Balvo, who was appointed the new papal nuncio to the
Czech Republic, is expected to arrive in Prague on November 22nd. He will
be met at Prague airport by Cardinal Dominik Duka.
Msgr. Charles Daniel Balvo was ordained priest in 1976 in New York. He entered the diplomatic corps of the Holy See a year later.
He has served in the nunciatures in Ghana, Ecuador, Chile, the Czech Republic, Jordan and Lithuania. He speaks English, Italian, Spanish, French and Czech.
Several thousand people attended a Concert for the Future on Prague’s
Wenceslas Square on Saturday night.
The concert lasted for more than five hours with music interspersed with speeches by activists, former politicians and personalities from the arts world. The speakers criticized the present political culture in the country and spoke about the need to protect and nurture freedom and democracy.
There were calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who faces charges of EU subsidy fraud.
The concert was preceded by a protest gathering against the prime minister on Old Town Square attended by thousands of people.
The non-profit organization Post Bellum traditionally handed out awards for
civic courage on November 17, the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that
triggered the fall of communism in the Czech Republic.
Among the recipients this year were political prisoner Jiří Světlík, Milena Blatná, who helped political prisoners forced to work in the country’s uranium mines, political prisoner Helena Kociánová who lost a leg helping an inmate and Marta Szilárdová who survived the Holocaust and saved her sister’s life during the Death March.
Thousands of protesters called for PM Andrej Babiš’s resignation on Old
Town Square on the 29th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. A protest
march against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and President Miloš Zeman that
set off from Prague Castle swelled to several thousand people as it reached
its destination on Old Town Square.
The march titled “In support of a civilized Czech Republic“ was organized by the civic association A Million Moments for Democracy. Protesters said the president and prime minister were lowering the political culture in the country and argued that in the civilized world a person charged with EU subsidy fraud could never serve as prime minister. Participants held up banners criticizing and ridiculing the two top politicians.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is reported to have flown to Switzerland to
meet with his son, Andrej Babiš Jr. who told journalists this week that he
had been forcibly held in Crimea because his father wanted him out of the
way during the investigation into the Storks Nest affair.
The prime minister wrote on Facebook that he had gone to Narodní street to pay his respects during the night hours due to the fact that he had left for Switzerland early in the morning to see his son, whom he had not seen in a year.
The prime minister earlier told journalists that his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, both here and in Switzerland, and slammed Seznam’s investigative reporters for abusing “a very sick man“ in a smear campaign intended to drive him out of politics.