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Alarm as anti-cronyism party says will replace police chief with ‘one of our own people’

12-07-2010 14:26 | Rob Cameron

Radek John, photo: CTK The centre-right government hasn’t even been appointed yet but already trouble seems to be brewing over personnel changes at the head of the Czech police force. Radek John, leader of the Public Affairs party, conceded in a television interview this weekend that he may replace the police chief with what he called ‘one of our own people’. The remarks have caused alarm amongst politicians and criticism from the media.   More

Public Affairs puts coalition agreement to online vote

09-07-2010 15:52 | Christian Falvey

Civic Democrats' leader Petr Nečas, Radek John (front right), photo: CTK Assuming all goes well in the last meeting of the emerging coalition on Friday – involving procedural aspects of cooperation between the Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and the Public Affairs party – the coalition agreement will be approved by the broader party leaderships, and in one case by unconventional means. In a first for Czech politics, Public Affairs, which presents itself as the party of direct democracy, will be asking its members to vote on the party’s participation in the government online. Earlier today I spoke with new MP and e-marketing businessman Viktor Paggio, who is involved in the party’s online referenda.   More

NGO: preferential votes played key role in election of more women to lower house

24-06-2010 14:55 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK Last month’s election saw more women than ever before elected to the Czech Republic’s Chamber of Deputies: 44 (some 22 percent of all MPs). The three centre-right parties holding talks on forming the next government have since put forward three women politicians – Miroslava Němcová, Kateřina Klasnová, and Vlasta Parkanová – for important posts: the speaker of the lower house, and deputy chairpersons, respectively. A little earlier I spoke to Michaela Appeltová of Forum 50 percent – an NGO aimed at promoting the role of women in politics, and asked her how she viewed this year’s election.   More

New lower house of Parliament holds first session

22-06-2010 12:49 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK On Tuesday, 114 MPs in the 200 member lower house of Parliament will take an oath of loyalty for the first time, as the Chamber meets in its first session following last month’s elections. The new lower house will be far different from that which preceded it: for one, more women MPs than ever were elected and are also expected to hold key posts as lower house speaker and deputy chairpersons. Secondly, the new lower house will be slimmed of numerous committees as part of necessary cost-cutting measures, a move decided on Monday by the three parties negotiating on the next government.  More

Civic Democrats confirm Petr Nečas as leader and put allies into top party posts

21-06-2010 13:52 | Chris Johnstone

Petr Nečas, photo: CTK The acting leader of the centre-right Civic Democrats and man tipped to be the next prime minister, Petr Nečas, has been confirmed at the top of the party. What is more, votes for the other top party posts confounded expectations by delivering Mr. Nečas’ dream team.   More

Civic Democrats get a makeover

21-06-2010 13:52 | Christian Falvey

Jiří Pospíšil, Pavel Drobil, Pavel Blažek, Petr Nečas, Miroslava Němcová, Alexandr Vondra (left to right), photo: CTK The weekend conference of the Czech Republic’s largest centre-right party, the Civic Democrats, brought plenty of new faces to the forefront. Many in the press and the party itself refer to the changes as a revolution, but will it help them regain their lost ground? What can we expect from the “new” Civic Democratic Party? Radio Prague asked political analyst Jiří Pehe.   More

Likely next PM Nečas: coalition talks should intensify after Civic Democrats congress this weekend

18-06-2010 14:06 | Ian Willoughby

Petr Nečas, photo: CTK The man most likely to become the next Czech prime minister, Petr Nečas of the Civic Democrats, has paid a visit to Prague Castle to inform President Václav Klaus about how three-party coalition talks are progressing. Mr Nečas says those talks should move up a gear after a key congress of his party this weekend, and a new cabinet should be drawing up next year’s budget within a month’s time.   More

Slovaks echo Czechs as left score hollow victory, but right head for power

15-06-2010 13:46 | Rob Cameron

Robert Fico, photo: CTK The wind of change has been blowing across Central Europe this spring, with elections in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and most recently Slovakia significantly altering the political landscape. Commentators have been struck by the parallels between the latter two elections, especially the apparent failure of the countries’ two Social Democratic parties to form a government despite winning the most votes. But do the parallels end there?   More

Upcoming Civic Democrat party congress might stall government negotiations

14-06-2010 15:12 | Jan Richter

Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09), Petr Nečas (Civic Democrats), Radek John (Public Affairs), left to right, photo: CTK Three weeks after general elections, three centre-right parties are still holding talks on forming a coalition government. On Friday, the leader of the strongest party, the Civic Democrats, is set to inform President Václav Klaus on the progress made so for, and might even leave those talks as prime minister designate. But the Civic Democrats are holding a crucial congress over the weekend that could change everything.   More

Analyst: change of legislation to allow direct presidential elections unlikely

11-06-2010 14:40 | Sarah Borufka

The three parties who are in the process of forming a centre-right government have agreed to try to change the Czech constitution in a way that would allow the president to be elected in a direct vote. In line with the country’s legislation, the head of state has always been elected by the two houses of Parliament in a process that involves a great deal of horse-trading. Although opinion surveys suggest that the public would prefer a direct vote all previous attempts to change the system have failed. Is a different outcome likely this time and what changes in law would be necessary? Sarah Borufka talked to political analyst Jiří Pehe.   More

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