Several hundred Ukrainians gathered in Prague's Wenceslas Square on Sunday to support Ukraine's opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko. As well as the demonstrators in Ukraine, the protesters in Prague wore orange scarves, hats and vests, symbolically joining the "Orange Revolution", called after the official colour of the opposition. The activists in Prague were also joined by members of the Belarusian minority and a number of Czech politicians. The activists are planning to keep on meeting outside the Ukrainian embassy in Prague. They also called on the Czech people and parliament to support them in their efforts.
The Czech government is due to decide on the method of the much-delayed privatisation of the dominant land line operator Cesky Telecom on Wednesday. The sale of the state's 51 percent stake in the company is expected to raise around 2.0 billion euros in what will be the largest privatisation of Prime Minister Stanislav Gross's government. A major cabinet split on which method to choose has only further delayed an already-protracted process. A majority of ministers, including Prime Minister Gross and Finance Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, favour a flotation on the capital markets but several ministers, including Information Technology Minister Vladimir Mlynar, say selling to a strategic investor would be a better long-term option for the company.
The automotive pricing analysis internet server, Eurocarprice.com, has reported that used cars in the Czech Republic are cheaper than in most Western European countries. For example, the price of a three-year old car in the Czech Republic is 16 percent cheaper than the average price in the Euro-zone. The most expensive used cars are being sold in Portugal. On the average, a three-year old car costs around 40 percent of a new car in the Czech Republic.
According to the STEM polling agency, the Prime Minister Stanislav Gross enjoys 40 percent of public support which is by some 11 percent less than in September. According to the agency's surveys Mr Gross's popular support is at its lowest since May 2002. He has fallen from second to fifth place on the popularity ladder. The Education Minister Petra Buzkova remains the most popular Czech politician, with 43 percent of public support.
A 25-year old man from the village of Tucapy in South Bohemia has confessed to killing both his parents and his brother last Monday. He was detained on Thursday and has been remanded in custody since Saturday. Police say the murder followed a quarrel and long term family disputes were behind the killing. The man now faces a life sentence.
We can expect more overcast skies and rain in the coming days with daytime temperatures ranging from 2 to 7 degrees Celsius.
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