Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will not suggest Social Democrat MEP Miroslav
Poche as a candidate for the post of foreign minister. Mr Babiš told the
daily Právo on Saturday that the reason was Poche’s stance on migrants.
Prime Minister Babiš se set to present President Zeman with the new cabinet line-up on Sunday. He plans to ask the lower house for a vote on confidence on July 11. President Zeman has opposed the Social Democrat’s choice of foreign minister, arguing that Poche backed immigrants coming to the country and has been critical of Israel.
Social Democrat leader Jan Hamáček said on Friday that an internal
party-wide referendum had approved forming a coalition government with
Prime Minister-designate Andrej Babiš's ANO movement. Just under 60
per cent of Social Democrats voted in favour of the move.
Babiš told reporters that he will meet Hamáček on Sunday and hand over a list of proposed ministers cabinet to President Miloš Zeman. But his government will still need the support of the Communists.
Communist Party leaders earlier agreed to consider tolerating the new minority coalition government – but only if it agrees to include seven of the Communists’ own basic points in its programme. They also want Babiš to guarantee that a law enforcing these priorities would be discussed by the lower house of Parliament at least six months before the end of the term.
The Central Committee of the Communist Party is due to take a final decision on the matter at their meeting in two weeks.
Czech Prime Minister-designate Andrej Babiš (ANO) has reportedly filed a
lawsuit against Slovakia at the European Court of Human Rights in
Strasbourg, in the latest chapter of a long-running dispute over whether he
was falsely listed as an agent of Czechoslovakia’s communist-era police,
The Slovak-born billionaire maintains that while he did meet with the StB when he was an employee of a Czechoslovak foreign trade firm, he never pledged to cooperate with them.
In February, the Regional Court in Bratislava rejected Babiš’s petition arguing that he was wrongly listed as an StB agent in the records of the Slovak National Memory Institute (ÚPN), which handles historical archives.
That petition came in response to the Slovak Constitutional Court having last year overturned earlier verdicts from other courts which had accepted Mr. Babiš’s assertion he had been incorrectly listed.
Babiš had announced his intention to file suit at the court in Strasbourg on June 6, the same day on which he was re-appointed prime minister.
After eight months of stalemate the Czech Republic looks set to get a new government capable of winning a confidence vote in the lower house. According to as yet unofficial reports, the Social Democrats have endorsed a coalition agreement on forming a minority government with the ANO party which would rely on support from the Communists.
More than 1100 Social Democrat regional organizations have taken part in a
referendum on whether the party should enter into a coalition with ANO. The
results of the poll will be officially announced on Friday but according to
unofficial data, the votes so far are in favour of the coalition agreement.
If a positive result is confirmed the two sides will meet to finalize the government line-up. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he would like to speed up the process so that his second government can ask the lower house for a confidence vote on July 11.
Just over one-third of Czechs have confidence in prime minister-designate
Andrej Babiš, the leader of the centrist ANO party, according to a poll
conducted in mid-May. That makes him the most trusted chairman of a
political party now in parliament.
Pirate Party chairman Ivan Bartoš and Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) leader Tomio Okamura tied for third place in the poll by the Centre for Public Opinion Research (CVVM). Each enjoyed the trust of 28 per cent of respondents.
However, Okamura is also the least-trusted party chairman, with 62 per cent of those polled expressing no confidence in him. The Czech interior ministry in a draft report leaked to the press characterised Okamura’s right-wing party as “extremist”.
Babiš, who faces charges of fraud regarding the drawing down of EU subsidies a decade ago, ranked second in terms of distrust, at 58 per cent.
The Czech prime minister designate, Andrej Babiš of ANO, is hoping that
President Miloš Zeman will come to the lower house in person to support
his second attempt to form a government, Czech Television reported. Mr.
Babiš’s planned government should undergo a confidence vote in the
Chamber of Deputies on July 11.
The outcome of such a vote will depend on whether the membership of the Social Democrats opts to enter a minority coalition with ANO that would be backed during crucial votes by the Communists. The result of the Social Democrats’ ballot is due on Friday.
Mr. Babiš said Mr. Zeman had expressed interest in attending the lower house confidence vote, which would precede a NATO summit he is set to attend later that day.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said that in order to stem the flow of economic migrants into the EU, the border protection agency Frontex needs a clear mandate allowing its agents to operate “outside of Europe”. In a statement to the European Commission on Monday, Babiš also said that Frontex needs “more than just a few boats” to do its job and therefore must be better funded.
Approximately 85 percent of Social Democrat regional organizations have
already voted in a referendum on whether the party should enter into a
coalition government with ANO, party spokesman Petr Vurbs told the CTK news
agency on Monday.
According to unofficial information the votes so far are 60:40 in favour of the coalition agreement. The result will be officially announced on Friday.
If a positive result is confirmed the two sides will sit down to finalize the government line-up. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has said he would like to speed up the process so that his second government could ask the lower house for a confidence vote on July 11th.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is charged with EU subsidy fraud, was
summoned by the police on Thursday for questioning in connection with the
case, the daily Právo reported on Saturday. His wife Monika and daughter
Adriana were also questioned.
Babiš and six others are suspected of having illegally acquired a 50 million crown EU grant for the Stork’s Nest farm and hotel compound which was part of his multi-billion crown empire after orchestrating a fake transfer of ownership to enable it to qualify for a grant intended for small and medium-sized businesses.
If convicted Andrej Babiš could face up to ten years in prison.