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« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2018, 10:52:21 am »

What sort of people make up Praha Sobě?

Leader Jan Čižinský is a former KDU-CSL member. Deputy Hana Třeštíková is a movie producer.
Politically, their main message is that they are transparent, against corruption, and focused on the problems of citizens. So fairly standard for protest/local movements. They list the five priorities below. Most of it is about spending money and governing in a better way, but to the extent they can be placed politically, it would say centre-left. In terms of voters, I will think they attract a fair share of publicly employed people (teachers, nurses) as well as people from cultural industries (they have a lot of architects as candidates, I believe).

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1 .A radical improvement in the transport infrastructure. Not merely the completion of the ring road, but a well-thought-out system of park-and-ride car parks with connections to city transport and trains. Public transport should not be looked down upon, but seen as a reliable and cultured form of travel, in keeping with the significance and wealth of the city. Public transport must take priority over other forms of transport, and must take passengers to their destinations comfortably and in time.

2. Massive investment in schools. We cannot rely on the central state to solve the problem of good-quality, accessible education. The city is in charge of the administration of preschool, elementary and secondary schools, so there is no reason why pupils should go to school in buildings that are falling apart, with insufficient capacity, and why teachers should have to commute every day from Kladno, for example, because they cannot afford rents in Prague.

3. The streets must be welcoming and safe. The best streets combine pedestrian, cycle, public transport and car traffic in a way that is considerate to all of them. The feeling of safety is created among other things by well-repaired streets and the proper cleaning of public spaces. Prague should be a place where parents are not afraid to let their children go home from school by themselves.

4. A healthy city must be a dignified home for everyone, regardless of age and position. The city must ensure that care is available to seniors in the place they have been accustomed to live. It also has to be able to take care of the youngest residents and the most socially-vulnerable. Better administration of city property will be of major importance in helping to achieve this. The city will repair buildings that are now decaying and make them available for supported living, local care centres for seniors and for the activities of children, beginning entrepreneurs, artists and other active people.

5. The city hall, as the city’s key institution, must exercise its competences effectively and predictably. It should base its standpoints on good-quality norms, such as the Manual for Public Space, and should adhere to administrative deadlines. In order for the city to prosper, it needs to rely on properly-produced, good-quality strategic documents, and in relation to developers it has to stringently defend the public interest, to enter into agreements on cooperation that require developers to share in the construction of civic amenities.
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« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2018, 10:59:16 am »

In the second-largest city, Brno, ANO will no longer hold the mayor post. The other parties were fed up with ANO mayor Petr Vokřál, so instead a coalition has been built with ODS, KDU-CSL, Pirates and CSSD with ODS' Markéta Vaňková as the new Mayor.


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« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2018, 10:05:47 pm »

ODS WINS BUT PIRATES LIKELY TO RULE PRAGUE


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« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2018, 08:55:29 am »

The second round of senate election finished today, and since turnout is mostly only around 20%, counting is already done in most places.

The last time these senate seats were up for election in 2012, the Necas (ODS) government was already quite unpopular, so ODS went from 14 to 4 seats. The Social Democrats were the big beneficiaries as the biggest opposition parties; they went from 6 to 13 seats.

This time, ODS manages to claw some of these seats back and end up on 9 seats. While still some way from their historic heights, this election has certainly cemented their role as the biggest opposition party. Fiala is mostly trying to frame current politics as a classic left-right fight, with ODS as the centre-right option and ANO in CSSDs previous place as the centre-left. An expected collapse for CSSD which end up with only 1 seat. Again, regional candidates, independent candidates or candidates from ad hoc coalitions (often led by STAN or KDU-CSL) did very well and won 13 seats. 3 of the defeated presidential candidates from the 2018 election were all elected in Prague Senate seats. Jiri Drahos already won his seat in the 1st round, while Pavel Fischer and Marek Hilser secured their seats today.
Babis' ANO party also only won 1 seat as voters often voted against the party in 2nd round, and many seats were won by independents or regional candidates. This probably didn't decrease Babis' wish to remove the senate, which has limited powers. While certainly a good idea, I believe this requires the support of the senate itself, which might be hard to get. It is difficult to know exactly how all elected senators will caucus in the new senate, but there will probably be 4 groups at around 15 seats, ODS, CSSD, KDU-CSL and STAN. Retiring KDU-CSL leader Pavel Belobradek failed to win a senate seat in Nachod.
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« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2018, 10:32:11 am »

The part of CSSD which lost the leadership election is already ready to knife Hamacek after the poor electoral showing. Sure, government participation could end up being harmful to the party, but perhaps a bit early to draw that big conclusion. They can hardly believe CSSD would have suddenly improved and delivered a great local/senate election if they hadn't joined the government.

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Jiří Zimola, vice chair of the Social Democrats announced that his platform within the party, Zachraňme ČSSD (Save the ČSSD) wanted a change of ministers in the government and to reconstruct the party, because the minsters were not fulfilling their potential.

Former acting head of the ČSSD and former Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, published a letter to the Social Democratic party on social media, suggesting that going into a minority government was a mistake and that it was better off sitting in the opposition.

Chovancec suggested that this was what had cost the party dearly in the Senate and communal elections, and a change of direction was needed. Chovanec's letter underlined the growing chaos in the ČSSD as the leadership and chair Jan Hamáček struggle to keep control.

http://praguemonitor.com/2018/10/17/zimolas-faction-%C4%8Dssd-wants-reconstruct-party-and-government

http://praguemonitor.com/2018/10/16/chovancec-calls-%C4%8Dssd-leave-govt-ham%C3%A1%C4%8Dek-criticizes-him
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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2018, 08:56:06 am »

ZDENĚK HŘIB FROM THE PIRATE PARTY WILL BE PRAGUE’S NEW MAYOR

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Almost three weeks after the elections, the coalition talks deciding who will lead the Czech capital have been concluded. Aside from the Pirate Party, the independent movement Praha Sobě and the coalition made up of Top 09, the Party of Mayors and Independents, and the Christian Democrats, known as Joint Forces for Prague will be represented in the City Hall Council.

The coalition will be led by the head of Prague’s Pirate Party, Zdeněk Hřib. The 37-year-old has dedicated most of his professional life to the implementation of IT methods in the health sector. He has been a member of the Pirate Party since 2013 and became the leader of its Prague candidate list ahead of the communal elections earlier this year.

Political scientist Jiří Pehe shared his thoughts on the coalition. “The capital has not been managed well in the past four years and the parties that have formed this new coalition have not been managing Prague in the past, with the exception of TOP 09, which is one of the smaller components of this coalition. I think it is a gust of fresh wind and hopefully this will move things forward.”

One of the reasons behind the long negotiations was the condition the Pirates set out that the leader of the coalition parties would only be allowed to hold one elected function. Furthermore, the leader of Praha Sobě, Prague 7’s charismatic mayor Jan Čižinský, also had ambitions to become the City Council’s top executive, appealing to the fact that he had received the highest number of preferential votes.

In the end however, both he and Jiří Pospíšil, the leader of Joint Forces for Prague, agreed to stay out of the council, although remaining as leaders of their respective groups within the city’s assembly, giving them a lot of potential influence.

Speaking to Radio Prague on Friday, Mr. Hřib, shared his feelings about the agreement. “All of the parties have accepted the agreement and I think I can say that the Pirates have been successful in this respect. We managed to secure those responsibilities within the council that we really wanted. That means IT, public administration transparency, housing, science and more.”

The soon-to-be mayor also shared his vision for the future of IT in the city’s administration.“First we are going to focus on ridding the city of its dependence on a limited amount of IT suppliers; this will lead to the lowering of expenses and greater effectivity. We also want to centralise data sharing within the magistrate and make it easier for people to sort out their paperwork online.”

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/zdenek-hrib-from-the-pirate-party-will-be-pragues-new-mayor
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