Civic Democrat MP Lucie Talmanova, along with her baby son Nicolas, has
been discharged from the Prague maternity hospital where she gave birth on
Tuesday. Ms Talmanova was accompanied by Nicolas's father, prime minister
Mirek Topolanek and they posed for photographers outside the apartment
where they live.
Mr Topolanek publicly admitted in January that he had left his wife to live with Ms Talmanova, who was then pregnant with their child. He told journalists that he had asked his wife Pavla Topolankova for a divorce but that she had refused. Mr Topolanek already has three children from his first marriage.
The 33rd Uherske Hradiste film school ended on Sunday. Record numbers attended this year's event in the Moravian town which has become a popular but informal showcase of international films and also hosts a number of film-related sidebars, including workshops and discussions. Over five thousand accredited participants attended this year's film school and the event attracted 130,000 visitors. This year's guests included Argentinian director Hector Babenco and former Czech president Vaclav Havel.
Former supreme state attorney Marie Benesova has said she will not be
standing against President Vaclav Klaus in next year's presidential
elections. Ms Benesova's name had been mentioned in the media as a
possible opposition candidate for the post, especially as Social Democrat
leader Jiri Paroubek said that his party was considering a number of
candidates for the elections next February.
The Social Democrats are currently in negotiations with the Communists, the Greens and the Christian Democrats about fielding a possible joint candidate to stand against Mr Klaus. So far only the name of former Czech foreign minister Jiri Dienstbier has been specifically mentioned as a possible prospect.
Another village on the edge of the Brdy military district in west Bohemia,
which is the site of a proposed US radar base, has voted against having the
facility in the region. Over ninety seven percent of the village's
inhabitants who cast their votes said the municipal authorities should do
all in their power to prevent the base from being built. The results of
the referendum have no legal bearing on any decision taken by the Czech
Several municipalities in the Brdy region have already expressed their opposition to the proposed radar facility, which is meant to be part of a new US missile defence shield in Europe. Although opinion polls have shown that as many as two thirds of Czechs are against building the base in this country, the idea has been supported by most of the parties in the centre-right coalition government. The main opposition party, the Social Democrats, has repeatedly called for a referendum on the issue.
At least seven people have died in car accidents on Czech roads this
weekend the Czech Press Agency has reported. According to police
statistics, a further 24 people were injured on Czech roads over the past
two days and that there were 439 accidents in total. Last week was the
worst in terms of car accidents this year with 32 people dying on Czech
So far this year, there has been an increase of fourteen percent in the number of road fatalities compared with the same period last year. In the first six months of 2006, there were 102,000 car accidents on Czech roads with 434 deaths. In the same period this year, there have been 86,000 accidents and 495 deaths.
A spokesman for the Czech fire brigade has announced that the Czech Republic is to send special fire-fighting equipment worth around one million Czech crowns (or around 50,000 US dollars) as humanitarian aid to Albania, which has recently been struggling to deal with extensive forest fires that have been exacerbated by the hot weather affecting southern Europe. Earlier in the week the country sent similar aid to Macedonia, which has also been hit by forest fires.
Czech cyclist Jana Horakova has won a bronze medal in the elite category at the world cyclo/cross championships in Victoria, Canada, finishing behind Britain's Shanaze Reade and New Zealand's Sarah Walker. This is the second time the twenty-three-year old cyclist has won a bronze in the event. She also took third place at the world championships in 2002.
Czech lawyer Zdenek Altner has reacted angrily to a decision by the Social
Democrat Party to file a libel suit against him and to also file a
complaint with the Czech Bar Association. Writing on his own website, Mr
Altner said that the Social Democrats were only taking this step because
they thought they still had enough influence with the police and the
justice authorities in this country to be able to bully and harass him.
Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek told reporters on Saturday that the decision to sue Mr Altner was in reaction to his claims in the media that the party was trying to destroy him and had blackmailed him. Mr Altner has been suing the Social Democrats for billions of Czech crowns, which he says is owed to him for representing the Social Democrats in a dispute over the ownership of the party's Prague headquarters in 2000.
Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek has said that former Czech foreign
minister Jiri Dienstbier is not the only candidate his party is
considering for next year's presidential elections. Mr Paroubek was
responding on Saturday to speculation in the media that Mr Dienstbier was
the most likely opponent of current incumbent Vaclav Klaus during the
presidential election in early 2008.
The Czech president is elected by both houses of parliament. Mr Klaus's Civic Democrats are the strongest party in both houses but he would still need the support of at least 19 MPs to be re-elected. The Social Democrats are currently in negotiations with the Communists, the Greens and the Christian Democrats about fielding a possible joint candidate to stand against Mr Klaus.
The Czech minister for human rights and minorities Dzamila Stehliova has announced that a study of Roma unemployment will be launched in the spring of next year. Czech experts and specialists from the World Bank will participate in the study, which is intended to analyse Roma unemployment in the Czech Republic in comparison with other countries that have Roma minorities. It should also come up with strategic measures and recommendations for improving the situation in areas where Roma unemployment is excessively high.
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