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David Rath is PM's choice to become new health minister

20-10-2005 15:01 | Jan Velinger

David Rath, photo: CTK Eight days after the firing of Milada Emmerova as health minister, the Czech government now has a successor in David Rath, the head of the professional body of Czech doctors. He could become the 12th health minister since 1989 - and would face as tall an order as any: reforming a health sector in financial straits and doing so in record time.  More

Paroubek searches for replacement for Martin Jahn

18-10-2005 14:19 | Rob Cameron

Deputy prime minister Martin Jahn, photo: CTK Social Democrat Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek continues to search for a replacement for outgoing deputy prime minister Martin Jahn, who announced his departure from politics on Monday. Prime Minister Paroubek wanted the popular, unaffiliated Mr Jahn to stand in Prague at next year's general election. One name being bandied about is that of Pavel Telicka, the former EU commissioner.   More

Health Minister Emmerova sacked as PM tries to "stabilise" health care system

12-10-2005 13:54 | Rob Cameron

Milada Emmerova, photo: CTK Health Minister Milada Emmerova was sacked on Wednesday as the government struggled to defuse an ongoing crisis in the Czech health care system. Her removal comes a week after thousands of doctors held a one-day strike in protest at delays in payments from health insurance companies.   More

Prime Minister agrees to Unipetrol probe but on his own terms

30-09-2005 15:04 | Daniela Lazarová

Unipetrol The scandal over the privatization of the petrochemicals firm Unipetrol, following accusations of corruption directed at the ruling Social Democrats, has taken an unexpected turn. After firmly rejecting calls for a probe into the privatization process, some of which came from his own coalition partners the Christian Democrats, Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek suddenly changed his mind. An investigation will take place and it will most likely take place on the Prime Minister's own terms.   More

Are Czechs warming up to the Communists?

29-09-2005 14:45 | Dita Asiedu

If elections were held today, opinion polls suggest, voters' support would be almost equally divided between the left and the right side of the political spectrum. Most leftist voters support the ruling Social Democrats. The Communist Party also enjoys enough public support to be represented in parliament - currently with the third largest number of seats. But the Communists stand alone, as all other parties have vowed not to cooperate with them. Results of an opinion poll commissioned by Czech Television suggest that more and more Czechs are warming to the Communists and four out of ten would actually not be against them taking a bigger part in the decision-making process.   More

The Green Party wants to play a bigger role in Czech politics

27-09-2005 14:33 | Daniela Lazarová

Martin Bursik, photo: CTK Somewhat in the shadow of high politics, the Czech Green Party elected a new leader over the weekend and made bold plans for the future. Although the party has never attracted enough voters to be able to enter the Lower House of Parliament and has just one seat in the Senate, its new leader, former environment minister Martin Bursik, feels that the time is now ripe for the Greens to play a bigger role in Czech politics.   More

Former PM Stanislav Gross bows out of politics

26-09-2005 15:32 | Pavla Horáková

Stanislav Gross, photo: CTK One of the political developments over the weekend was the decision by the chairman of the Social Democrats and former prime minister Stanislav Gross to step down. Mr Gross made the announcement at the party leadership meeting on Saturday where he also said he was not even going to run for a parliament seat in next year's general election.   More

Prime Minister tells the Christian Democrats to play ball or leave the Cabinet

26-09-2005 15:32 | Daniela Lazarová

Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, photo: CTK Although general elections in the Czech Republic are eight months away, this weekend marked the beginning of what commentators predict will be a tough election campaign. The impulse came from the ruling Social Democratic Party which held a meeting of its leadership over the weekend.   More

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