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« Reply #125 on: November 19, 2017, 08:20:20 am »

Ugh. Friendship ended with SPD.

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"Jews, gays and Roma should be gassed," said Jaroslav Staník, the secretary of the ultra-right wing Czech populist party "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) and a close collaborator of the party leader Tomio Okamura, in parliament. Because of such statements, Staník got embroiled in a verbal conflict with the Czech Social Democratic Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksová-Tominová and some other MPs. The conflict took place in one of the restaurants in the Czech Parliament, which are not accessible to the public.

"As I entered the restaurant, he said 'You are that Marx-Engels minister. You support homosexuals.' He added that they should be gassed and liquidated. I remonstrated with him verbally," said the minister, adding that Staník was heavily drunk.
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« Reply #126 on: November 19, 2017, 04:59:39 pm »

Ugh. Friendship ended with SPD.

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"Jews, gays and Roma should be gassed," said Jaroslav Staník, the secretary of the ultra-right wing Czech populist party "Freedom and Direct Democracy" (SPD) and a close collaborator of the party leader Tomio Okamura, in parliament. Because of such statements, Staník got embroiled in a verbal conflict with the Czech Social Democratic Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Michaela Marksová-Tominová and some other MPs. The conflict took place in one of the restaurants in the Czech Parliament, which are not accessible to the public.

"As I entered the restaurant, he said 'You are that Marx-Engels minister. You support homosexuals.' He added that they should be gassed and liquidated. I remonstrated with him verbally," said the minister, adding that Staník was heavily drunk.

Well, that's what you get with the far-right...
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« Reply #127 on: November 19, 2017, 07:42:23 pm »

Ugh. Friendship ended with SPD

Up until this point you were friends with the Czech far-right?
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« Reply #128 on: November 20, 2017, 10:29:33 am »

Negotiations are on-going between ANO and other parties. The Communists remain the most positive towards the idea of supporting an ANO minority government, while SPD and Pirates have rejected it so far, but seems on decent speaking terms with Babis. All the other parties seems to have ruled out cooperation completely, and all the centre-right parties (The Civic Democrats (ODS), the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), TOP 09 and the Mayors and Independents (STAN)) has formed the Democratic Bloc, which will cooperate a lot in parliament.

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Filip repeatedly said the Communists do not plan to take part in a government headed by ANO leader Andrej Babis because the programmes of the two parties are very different. "The KSCM is not at all interested in forming a government together with the ANO movement," he said.

However, the KSCM may tolerate the planned ANO minority government under certain conditions. After the next week constituent session, the KSCM is to present its demands related to the policy statement of the next government to ANO.

The Communists call for national referendums deciding on key issues, a permanent rise in the minimum wage and pensions, taxation imposed on the financial compensation that the state pays to churches for unreturned property, state control over water management and protection of mineral resources.

The KSCM also demands the introduction of progressive taxation, which ANO rejected. "This is naturally a problem for us," Faltynek said.

He said ANO also received programme priorities from the Pirates and the SPD.

Faltynek confirmed that ANO does not want to form a government with the SPD and the KSCM. "We want to stay in NATO and to stay in the European Union as well," he said.

According to its programme, the KSCM wants the Czech Republic to leave NATO. Okamura's SPD calls for a national referendum that would be deciding on the country's possible departure from the EU. Both demands are unacceptable for ANO, Faltynek said.

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/11/20/ano-supports-ksčm-leader-chamber-deputy-head
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« Reply #129 on: November 23, 2017, 12:24:09 pm »

ANO's Radek Vondracek was elected parliament speaker with the support of Communists, Pirates and SPD. The Democratic Bloc abstained, while the Social Democrats voted against. Five deputy chairmen will be elected tomorrow, which will be ODS head Petr Fiala, SPD leader Tomio Okamura, Pirate MP Vojtech Pikal, KSCM leader Vojtech Filip and CSSD MP Jan Hamacek. Additionally, the committees have met and chosen their chairmen. The mandate and immunity committee, which will soon look at a new police request to remove Babis' immunity, will be headed by KSCM Stanislav Grospic, who was supported by ANO and SPD.

So as expected, these votes suggest that Babis' best chance of assembling a majority is with SPD and KSCM. The latter has already said that they could support a Babis minority government if some demands are met. The SPD are still saying that they won't support a government without themselves, but Babis will clearly like to avoid them in government. Babis would like the goverment to be pro-EU and pro-NATO and avoid becoming completely shunned in the EU, and he naturally has huge doubts about SPD's ability to function as a government party. Babis has also repeatedly tried to court the Pirates, and have said they could be allowed to design the government's policies fully on tech, but so far the Pirates have not been forthcoming.

On top of the process about forming a government, things are gearing up for the presidential election in January 2018. The three main candidates seem to be incumbent Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Academy of Sciences Jiří Drahoš and artist Michal Horáček. However, just before the registration deadline, former ODS prime minister Mirek Topolánek also joined the race, so it will be interesting to see whether he can make any progress. Many of the parties haven't made up their mind about which candidate they will support. ODS obviously supports Topolánek, and KDU-CSL and STAN supports Jiří Drahoš, but the others haven't chosen anyone. CSSD stated recently that they wont support anyone, while ANO has also remained silent. Polls show that the voters of ANO, KCSM and SPD mainly support Zeman, but Babis would probably not like to be directly associated with Zeman, so it seems likely that they won't support anyone either. I haven't seen KCSM and SPD make announcements yet, but they could publicly support Zeman. Head-to-head polls show the centrist Jiří Drahoš slightly favoured against Zeman. The more socially liberal Horáček is predicted to lose against Zeman with around the same margin as Schwarzenberg lost in 2013.
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« Reply #130 on: December 06, 2017, 11:47:02 am »

ANO's two former coalition partners are considering whether to allow Babis to form his minority government to take him out of the claws of SPD and KSCM.

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"It should be considered whether to find new faces that would be able to communicate with Babis and his ANO and participate in it [the government] or whether to tolerate at least the government in the making," Social Democrat deputy Jaroslav Foldyna told Pravo

A Social Democrat deputy who requested anonymity said he was primarily afraid of an early election."It can be devastating for us. We should prevent it we should start making politics towards this country. A red-fascist-populist coalition will not benefit this nation," he said in a veiled reference to the government of Babis which may be backed by the Communists (KSCM) and the anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD).

If Babis does not gain support or tolerance by the SPD and KSCM for his minority government at the first try, the 15 Social Democrat deputies should consider it whether to tolerate it at the second try, the deputy said. However, the 15 Social Democrat deputies would not be enough for Babis to rule, because along with 78 ANO deputies, the government would only have 93 seats in the 200-member Chamber of Deputies. These could be found with the ten deputies for the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), Pravo writes.

On the other hand, chairman of the Social Democrat deputy group Jan Chvojka is of the view that the fear of an early election or a coalition consisting of ANO, the Communists and SPD is not a sufficient reason to tolerate a government headed by Babis, Pravo writes

http://praguemonitor.com/2017/12/06/pr%C3%A1vo-social-democrats-may-support-babi%C5%A1s-government
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« Reply #131 on: December 24, 2017, 06:49:04 pm »

Do we have a thread on the January presidential election?
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« Reply #132 on: December 28, 2017, 05:42:14 pm »

Do we have a thread on the January presidential election?

Nope, you're welcome to start one if interested. Interesting to see how big the turnout will be for a post with very limited powers, which few of the parties are invested in, and which come shortly after a parliamentary election.
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« Reply #133 on: December 28, 2017, 06:50:59 pm »

Do we have a thread on the January presidential election?

Nope, you're welcome to start one if interested. Interesting to see how big the turnout will be for a post with very limited powers, which few of the parties are invested in, and which come shortly after a parliamentary election.

I’ll be there for the first round Jan 12
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« Reply #134 on: January 11, 2018, 12:54:29 pm »

The first confidence vote for Babis' cabinet has been postponed to January 16. "The unexpected delay in the confidence vote, which opposition parties sought after 10 hours of debate, puts pressure on a parliamentary committee to make a recommendation whether to lift Babis's parliamentary immunity from prosecution before the chamber votes on confidence". It still only seems like the Communists will support the cabinet, so it is likely to fail the confidence vote. Zeman has said Babis must show he has majority support before assigning him PM-designate the second time: "President Milos Zeman will demand signatures of at least an absolute majority of MPs (101) in support of Andrej Babis's government during the second attempt before appointing him as prime minister-designate again, Zeman told reporters on leaving the Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday." So it could be a while before the second confidence vote if the parties fail to move towards each other during new negotiations. Meanwhile Babis would be acting-PM.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-01-09/czech-government-set-to-lose-confidence-vote-but-babis-party-likely-to-retain-power

http://praguemonitor.com/2018/01/11/zeman-appoint-babi%C5%A1-pm-again-101-mps-support-only
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