Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’ ANO party would still win general elections
in the country, despite a slight drop in support, according to a poll for
Czech Television conducted by the Kantar agency.
According to the May survey ANO would gain 27.5 percent of the vote, down by 2.5 percent on the previous month, the Pirate Party would come second with 17.5 percent of the vote, the centre-right Civic Democrats third, with 12.5 percent.
The only other parties which would cross the 5 percent margin needed to win seats in the lower house are the Freedom and Direct Democracy Party, the Mayors and Independents, the Communist Party and the Social Democrats.
A flash poll conducted by the Median agency on the anti-Babiš protests
that have been taking place in Prague and other big cities in recent weeks,
suggests that while a third of respondents support them, a fifth of those
polled disagree with them.
Ninety percent of respondents said they had registered the protests, 59 percent said they were not particularly interested in them, while 25 percent said they followed them with interest. Six percent of respondents said they had taken part in the demonstrations at least once.
Thirty-four percent of respondents said they approve of the protests, 26 percent of those polled said the demonstrations were legitimate but they did not agree with the sentiments voiced there, 22 percent found them unjustified and 18 percent had no opinion on the matter.
The centre-right opposition parties in the lower house have said they want
to call a vote of no- confidence in the Babiš government, despite the fact
that they lack the votes needed to bring down the administration.
In a debate on Czech Television Miroslav Kalousek from TOP 09 said the growing scandal surrounding the prime minister regarding his alleged conflict of interest required a move from the opposition, albeit only a moral one.
In the past few days both the prime minister’s coalition partner, the Social Democrats, and the Communist Party, which supports the minority coalition government, have said they will continue to back the Babiš minority government.
Speaking to journalists in Slovakia, Prime Minister Babiš dismissed the demonstrations against him, saying there would be no change of government in Prague because of street protesters.
Prague Museum Night attracted close to 150,000 visitors, within the
framework of a festival that has a 15-year-long tradition, according to the
ctk news agency. The most popular institution was the newly-renovated
National Museum at the top end of Wenceslas Square which attracted 11,500
Over 70 galleries, museums and other cultural institutions opened their doors to the public between 7pm and 1 am on Saturday night.
Prague Museum Night was the culmination of the annual Festival of Museum Nights.In the course of the last three weeks over 500 museums and cultural institutions in 158 towns and cities opened their doors to the public.
A new intercity train and bus schedule comes into force on June 9, with
changes to routes as well as arrivals and departures. Rail and bus
operators are introducing a number of new connections in view of
accommodating locals and tourists in the course of the summer.
The changes also affect a number of international trains. One of the novelties is a direct RegioJet connection from Prague to Bratislava, Czech Railways is offering new connections to the Tatra Mountains and the Baltic Sea resorts.
Passengers are advised to check out their train and bus connections online before setting off.
Czech climber Adam Ondra placed fifth in the Bouldering World Cup in Vail
which dashed his hopes of retaining the lead position in the overall
rankings. The Czech hopeful for the Tokyo Olympics was narrowly beaten by
Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki who placed second in the final race. Narasaki is
now first in the overall rankings with 340 points, Ondra second with 335.
The Vail World Cup not only marks the end of the bouldering season, but is also the final opportunity for athletes to gain points to be the 2019 Overall Bouldering Champions.
The Communist Party will continue to support the minority government of
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, despite mounting opposition to him in the
wake of a preliminary EU audit stating that he has a conflict of interest,
party leader Vojtěch Filip told journalists after the party’s policy
program conference on Saturday.
In a vote at the conference, 200 out of the 260 delegates present voted in favour of continued support for the coalition government of ANO and the Social Democrats.
The party leadership will meet in July to assess the benefits of this support in terms of the extent to which the minority government is fulfilling the agreed on policy program priorities.
Czech Marketa Vondroušvá’s hopes of winning the French Open women’s
singles title were dashed by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty who beat the
Czech hopeful in straight sets 6:1,6:3 at Roland Garros on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Vondroušová, who became the first teenager to reach a final at Roland Garros since Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in 2007, won six matches without losing a set, until the final with Barty. Even so, her performance at Roland Garros has been hailed as a big success, moving her to 16 place on the ATP ladder.
Barty had words of praise for her rival after the match saying “Marketa's had an amazing season, she's just starting her climb. She's going to be in many more grand-slam finals. It was really nice to play her today.”
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