A lower house seat won by the Civic Democrats in Central Bohemia was won by
Martin Kupka, not Petr Bendl as announced after last month’s general
elections. The discovery was made by the Supreme Administrative Court,
which carried out a recount of preferential votes in half of the region.
The finding does not alter the composition of the new Chamber of Deputies,
where the Civic Democrats are the second biggest party with 25 mandates.
The chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court panel, Tomáš Langášek, said on Sunday that both the Ministry of the Interior and legislators should respond to the shortcomings uncovered. Judge Langášek said if no changes were made the court might in future have to deal with more contested results, which would lead to paralysis.
The incumbent Miloš Zeman would receive 41.5 percent of the vote in a
presidential election if it were held now, suggests an opinion poll
conducted for Czech Television by the TNS Kantar and Median agencies.
Scientist Jiří Drahoš would come second in a vote for head of state at
the present time with 30.5 percent, followed by businessman and lyricist
Michal Horáček on 16.5 percent and former prime minister Mirek Topolánek
on 4 percent, the survey indicates.
The poll suggests Mr. Zeman would come first among supporters of ANO, Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Communists. Mr. Drahoš is favoured by voters of TOP 09, the Mayors and Independents, the Civic Democrats and – by a slim margin – Mr. Zeman’s former Social Democrats.
Almost half of Czechs agree with the post-election moves of Andrej Babiš,
chairman of the winning ANO party, and President Miloš Zeman, suggests an
opinion poll conducted for the iRozhlas.cz news site by the Median agency
last week. Mr. Babiš is working on forming a minority government and the
head of state has promised him two attempts at winning approval for such a
government in the Chamber of Deputies.
Some 49 percent of respondents in the survey said that they approved the actions of Mr. Babiš since his party took almost 30 percent of the vote in elections last month. Support for Mr. Zeman’s approach stands at 46 percent, the poll suggests.
Critics say that the pair are working in cahoots and that Mr. Zeman is giving Mr. Babiš more leeway than is traditional. For his part, the president says he has a creative approach to using the Constitution.
The newly elected Chamber of Deputies is due to convene for the first time on Monday.
Czech internet retailers could achieve turnover of CZK 100 billion for the
first time this year, Czech Television reported. While in 2012 Czech
consumers spent around CZK 51 billion on online purchases, in 2016 the
figure was CZK 98 billion and estimates suggest this year it could climb to
CZK 115 billion.
E-retailers on the Czech market are anticipating a one-day bump in revenues of tens of percent next week on Black Friday – when many goods are discounted – and have been hiring extra staff to cover that day and the pre-festive season period.
Billboards advertising a new book of interviews with President Miloš Zeman
have appeared throughout the country in recent days in a campaign that
experts say is unusual for a book, iDnes.cz reported. Journalist Pavel
Mandys, who writes about literature, said publishers normally could not
afford such advertising, while Lukáš Růžička of publishing house
Paseka said firms in the business would only use billboards if they thought
they could sell books with a large print run.
The president’s book We’ll Manage to Govern Ourselves has come out in an initial print run of 7,500 and a representative of publishers Olympia refused to divulge what the billboard campaign had cost the company.
Mr. Zeman is standing for a second term in a presidential election in January.
The Czech soccer league leaders Viktoria Plzeň beat Slovácko 4:0 away on
Saturday evening. The result saw the West Bohemians take revenge after
Slovácko dumped them out of the domestic cup and equaled a club record of
16 wins in a row set two seasons ago. They also extended their Czech record
of wins from the start of this season to 14 in succession.
Despite the fact their nearest challengers also won, Plzeň are 13 points clear of the rest of the pack and a senior figure at current champions Slavia Prague recently congratulated them on “winning the league.”
The MEP Jiří Pospíšil says he will focus on preparing TOP 09 for local
and Senate elections, if he wins election as the party chairman in an
election next weekend. The grouping’s long-term leader Miroslav Kalousek
is stepping down after TOP 09 did poorly in elections last month.
Mr. Pospíšil is a former deputy chairman of another right-wing party, the Civic Democrats. He is as yet the only candidate for the top job in TOP 09.
Dozens of Czech theatres will open their doors to the public on Saturday
evening as part of a nationwide Theatre Night. Theatres are putting on
performances and offering tours of their backstage areas in 30 cities and
towns free of charge or a for a nominal admission fee. This year’s
edition is entitled Forever Young and is especially targeted at youth and
The event is part of the European Theatre Night, which has been held on the third Saturday of November since 2008. Czech institutions are participating for the fifth time and local organisers say turnout usually exceeds 50,000.
A man who posted a video online of himself encouraging his young daughter
to beat a pillow with a baseball bat as if it were a “gypsy” or a
Muslim has received a suspended one-year sentence, Lidovky.cz reported. The
man, who is 27, will also be monitored by probation and mediation services
after being found guilty of promoting race hate and endangering the
upbringing of a child, the news site said. The case was heard at a court in
Benešov last month.
Numerous reports were made to social services after the video went viral on the Czech internet in the summer.
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