The Mayors and Independents party (STAN) has appealed to parties with a
similar goals and viewpoints to support the former chair of the Czech
Academy of Sciences Jiří Drahoš in the race for president. The leader of
the party’s deputies’group in the lower house Jan Farský said he
believed Drahoš was one of the few candidates who could seriously
challenge the incumbent president, Miloš Zeman for the post.
There are now 12 candidates in the race. In order to join the race each candidate must collect a certain number of signatures in support of his or her candidacy – either from 50,000 citizens, ten senators or twenty deputies.
A fourth person is reported dead as a result of the severe storm that hit
the Czech Republic on Sunday. The latest victim was an eighty-year-old man
who had gone mushroom hunting in the forest. Three other people were killed
in different parts of the country by falling trees.
Meanwhile, thousands of people were still without power on Tuesday as maintenance crews struggled to fix damaged power lines. Persistent rain in some areas have made it difficult to use heavy technology.
The Karlovy Vary region has placed a number of forests and wooded areas off limits to the public for fear of more accidents. Clean-up work continues around the country and the damages are expected to reach billions of crowns.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided as of Tuesday to terminate the
electronic registration system for foreigners known as Visapoint.
Established in 2009 and strongly criticized by Czech employers as well as
human rights organizations, the system required citizens of some countries
to register in order to subsequently apply for a permit to remain in the
Czech Republic for more than 90 days.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that visa applicants could submit their applications from November 24 to Czech embassies and consulates, in person, by e-mail or by phone.
The speaker of the Czech Senate, Milan Štěch, arrived in South Korea on
Monday for a four-day working visit. He is being accompanied by a
delegation which includes executives from the Czech Chamber of Commerce and
the president of the Academy of Sciences, Eva Zažímalová.
In addition to talks in Seoul, focused on encouraging new South Korean investment in the Czech Republic and expanding cooperation between the two countries in numerous areas, the Czech delegation will visit the city of Busan. Štěch will also open the new site of the Czech Embassy in Seoul.
A new poll conducted by the CVVM agency suggests that a majority of Czechs
remain distrustful or pessimistic about the country’s political parties
roughly a week after voters went to the polls.
Roughly two-thirds told pollsters that parties were only interested in voters at election time, that they were corrupt, that they divided society and that their main goals were maintaining their own advantages and interests.
Some 72 percent of respondents said that although political parties criticized one another, they were all the same.
A little over 50 percent said that parties were needed to defend interests of different social groups, and for democracy to function.
Sunday’s high winds in the Czech Republic claimed a third life on Monday
after a man in the area of Mladá Boleslav who had been hit by a tree and
had suffered multiple injuries died in hospital.
The man, who was 58, had been transported to hospital in Liberec by an emergency helicopter and had been on life-support.
Ďuričko freed after serving two-thirds of sentence The regional court in
Karviné has freed Bohumir Ďuričko, a former businessman serving 12.5
years in prison for the murder of Václav Kočka, jr in 2008, based on the
recommendation of the state prosecutor. Mr Ďuřicko and his lawyer filed
the request having served two-thirds of his sentence.
The prosecutor backed the proposal providing Mr Ďuričko would abstain from alcohol and other factors. Ďuričko will remain on probation for a period of seven years.
In 2008, the businessman shot and killed Václav Kočka, jr at a Prague bar following a personal argument, hours after the venue had hosted a book-signing by then-Social Democrat leader Jiří Paroubek. The deceased’s father was in court on Monday; he expressed regret, he said, that the "justice system had decided as it had".
Material damage in forest and woodlands is being tabulated in the Krkonoše
Mountains, where strong winds on Sunday damaged thousands of cubic metres
of wood in the form of snapped branches and falling trees. Damage was made
worse because soil was already saturated from extensive rainfall.
Locals as well as tourists have been warned not to enter forest areas until areas are stabilised. On Sunday, wind at the Czech Republic’s highest peak, Snežka, hit a speed of 180 kilometres per hour. On Monday, some sites, such as Prague Zoo, remained closed.