The broader leadership of the Christian Democratic party backed current
leader Pavel Bělobrádek to stay on, on Friday, even after a weaker finish
in last week’s elections than members had expected. The Christian
Democrats secured just 5.8 percent of the vote, adding up to 10 mandates,
meaning a loss of four seats in the lower house.
Mr Bělobrádek said he would offer up his post at the party’s convention, which began at noon, for failing to lead his party to a better result.
Representatives of the Communist party will meet with members of ANO next
Tuesday for a second round of talks. ANO is seeking support for a possible
minority government with members of the party and unaffiliated experts.
The Communists made clear they want to clinch the post of deputy chairman of lower house. The party’s deputies’ club will be led by Pavel Kováčik. In last weekend’s elections the number of Communist MPs shrunk from a previous 33 to 15.
The producers of the film Na střeše have said the project will go into
production next spring and will, they said, pay tribute to actor Jan
Tříska, who had been due to act in the movie but was fatally injured in a
fall from Prague’s Charles Bridge roughly a day before filming was to
The team said they would aim for the film to premiere next October, the original target date. Out of respect to the Mr Tříska, the production has not yet said who will be playing the role. Tříska died in hospital on September 25th.
Andrej Babiš, the head of the ANO party which dominated in the general
elections last weekend, has told news website iDnes he will try and form a
minority government made up of ANO nominees together with
politically-unaffiliated experts. He made the comment after failing to
convince other parties in the lower house this week to come on board,
namely the Civic Democrats, with whom ANO would have enough mandates to
form a majority.
As he was turned away, Mr Babiš said he would try and form a government which would put forward a program which would at least in part take into consideration priorities of parties not in the cabinet. He did not say from whom he could get support in a confidence vote.
Betting agencies have revised odds in the presidential election in January,
once again favouring the incumbent, Miloš Zeman. During the summer,
candidate Jiří Drahoš, the former head the Czech Academy of Sciences was
favoured. The pendulum has swung back to Zeman, news site ČTK indicated.
At the moment, Mr Zeman’s odds of winning are 1,40:1 while the odds for Mr Drahoš are 3:1. The next candidate closest presidential hopeful is Michal Horáček, with odds of around 8:1.
Singer Marta Kubišová will perform at Prague’s Lucerna on Friday, one
of the stops on her Goodbye tour. The singer who was persecuted by the
communist authorities and banned from singing and became a symbol of the
Velvet Revolution with her song Prayer for Marta, is performing live for
the last time in the series of concerts.
Her last stop in České Budějovice on November 1, will coincide with the singer’s 75 birthday.
In football, the season appears to be over for Czech Ajax Amsterdam player Václav Černý. A medical inspection confirmed that he suffered a serious knee injury during a cup game on Wednesday and will now face an operation and several months’ recovery. The 20 year old midfielder and member of the Under 21 national squad is rated as one of the best Czech talents to have emerged in recent years.
World famous singer Placido Domingo takes to Prague’s Estates Theatre to conduct Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It’s the same theatre where Mozart himself conducted the premier of his work in 1787 with Domingo’s rendition coming on the 230th anniversary of the original. A second performance conducted by Domingo will take place on Sunday in the square outside the National Theatre and will be televised by public broadcaster Czech Television. Domingo came up with the idea of the two performances during a private visit to the Czech capital.
The Czech Banking Association has revised upwards its growth expectations for the country this year to 4.3 percent from the previous 3.2 percent in June. June’s prediction had also been upped from the association’s 2.6 percent forecast in April. The association also sees 2018 Czech growth at 3.2 percent compared with the previous 2.7 percent. Higher than expected domestic demand and a continued strong export performance are behind the revision.