The Czech Republic’s prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, has
said early elections could take place if a second government he plans to
form fails to win the necessary vote of confidence in the Chamber of
Deputies. The ANO chief made the comment in an interview in Saturday’s
edition of the newspaper Právo.
Mr. Babiš says he aims to gain support for a second government by the end of this month. He had previously ruled out snap elections. However, he says his preferred option remains an ANO one-party minority government.
The PM said he would continue speaking to the Communist Party and Freedom and Direct Democracy about possible backing for such a government.
The outgoing Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has ordered an audit into the
state finances channelled into research programs and the country’s
leading research centres. The prime minister announced the decision
following a meeting of the government’s council for research, development
Mr. Babiš said that subsidies and grants were handed out from 15 different budgetary sources and that some of them overlapped.
The prime minister also wants to check out the financial management of the country’s research centres which received more than 44 billion crowns in recent years.
The Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia has said it will restart talks
over possible support for a government led by outgoing Czech prime minister
The ANO leader and communist leader Vojtěch Filip met late Thursday for
talks. Filip said afterwards that they had agreed that expert groups from
both parties would discuss policy issues next week.
The communists had threated to walk away from talks in protest at an
addendum to a memorandum on lithium mining signed by the industry minister
and an Australian mining company.
Andrej Babiš is seeking to broaden his support with a view to a second attempt at winning support for a government after it fell short of the necessary votes in the first attempt.
The Czech prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, says the only thing
he has in common with US leader Donald Trump is that they have had Czech
wives. Mr. Babiš, who has frequently been dubbed a “Czech Trump” in
the international media, made the comment in an interview published in the
German daily Die Welt on Wednesday.
The ANO chief also said he had virtually nothing in common with the freshly re-elected Czech president, Miloš Zeman. He said he did not always agree with the head of state but that the pair had supported one another.
Mr. Babiš said Mr. Zeman’s problem was that Western journalists copied every piece of nonsense written about him by his enemies.
Andrej Babiš, the prime minister in resignation and ANO leader, says the
Czech state should exploit the country’s lithium deposits. He told
journalists on Wednesday that the government wished to task the state
enterprise Diamo with ascertaining how much of the mineral the country
Mr. Babiš says a memorandum signed by a previous Czech government and European Metals Holdings on the mining of lithium is nonsensical and invalid. However, he says the government’s lawyers will have to decide on how to proceed on the matter.
Mr. Babiš says that his minister of industry, Tomáš Hüner, acted wrongly by saying he would sign an addendum to the memorandum with the Australian firm without first informing the government.
The Czech Finance Ministry has excluded the Stork’s Nest project from an
EU program for the region of Central Bohemia. Finance Minister Alena
Schillerová said in a statement earlier the ministry would take the move,
which was confirmed after a meeting of Central Bohemia officials on Monday
including regional governor Jaroslava Pokorná Jermanová.
Eleven people, including Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his party deputy Jaroslav Faltýnek, are charged with 50 million crown subsidy fraud in EU funds in connection with the conference and leisure facility.
Outgoing Czech prime minister and ANO leader Andrej Babiš is due to take
part in a series of meetings with top European Union officials on Monday
afternoon and into the evening.
One of the meetings will be with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. The talks should focus on the future shape of the EU, including the make-up of various funds and the overall budget, as well as the thorny issue of migration.
The Czech Republic and other Central European countries have taken a stand against quotas aimed at distributing immigrants who mostly arrived in Italy and Greece.
Attending the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, outgoing Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, outlined his vision of a strong and united EU that would successfully preserve and develop what it had already achieved. Mr. Babiš is the first Czech top political leader to attend the forum in 18 years.