The Ano party of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has won the municipal elections in all regional capitals except Prague – where the opposition Civic Democrats and Pirates took first and second, respectively – and Liberec. The big losers of the day, in both the municipal and Senate races, were the Social Democrats and Communists.
The police have begun investigating claims by the ex-wife of former prime
minister Jiří Paroubek that he illegally acquired millions of crowns
while he was the leader of the Social Democrats, iRozhlas.cz reported,
citing a state attorney.
Petra Paroubková made the allegations in an interview last week. The pair are currently divorcing.
Mr. Paroubek says his ex-partner is attempting to scupper his chances in Senate elections in October, when he will be standing as an independent.
The ex-wife of former Czech prime minister, Jiří Paroubek, has accused
him of illegally acquiring millions of crowns when he was head of the
Social Democrats. Petra Paroubková made the allegations in an interview
for Televize Seznam.
For his part, Mr. Paroubek says his former partner is attempting to undermine his chances in Senate elections in October, when he will be standing in the Ostrava constituency as an independent.
Petra Paroubková also said she knew other politicians who had made far higher illegal earnings than her ex-husband.
The Social Democratic Party will not support its former chairman, Jiří
Paroubek, in the Senate elections due to take place in the autumn, the
party decided on Friday. Mr. Paroubek wanted to run as an independent
candidate with the support of the Social Democrats for the Senate seat in
the region of the Ostrava region.
Jiří Paroubek, who is now 66, headed the Social Democratic Party from 2006 to 2010 and served as Prime Minister between 2005 and 2006. After leaving the Social Democrats in 2011, he established his own left-oriented party LEV 21, which failed to win seats in the lower house in the past general election.
Former Social Democrat prime minister and party chairman Jiří Paroubek
has suffered another setback in his bid to rejoin the party.
Paroubek’s hopes of rejoining the party were raised last week after Prague leaders recommended he be allowed to do so. But on Wednesday night a meeting of the local party in the Prague 5 region, where he used to be a member, rejected his readmission. The local party’s agreement is a must for his return.
Paroubek left the party in 2011 to found his own party, which failed to make any impact. The party leadership rejected a comeback in June but changed it’s mind after the electoral disaster in recent lower house elections where it lost around two thirds of its support.
Former leader of the Social Democratic Party Jiří Paroubek is not likely to be accepted back by the party even as a rank-and-file member, party campaign leader Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has said in response to a recent attempt by Mr Paroubek to rejoin. Mr Paroubek filed with the party's Kolín branch but would also need approval from Prague Social Democrats, who Mr Zaorálek suggested would not be in favour. Mr Paroubek was party leader from 2006 to 2010, when he resigned as leader after a Pyrrhic victory in the 2010 national election left him powerless to form a new government. He later left the party, founding LEV 21. Mr Paroubek responded by slamming Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and others in the party leadership, using the word "bafunáři" - an expression with derogatory overtones referring to functionaries; the root of the word comes from the English word 'buffoon'. Prime Minister Sobotka suggested that someone who had founded a rival party and tried to hurt the Social Democrats on several occasions should not be allowed back.
Former prime minister and former chairman of the Social Democratic Party Jiří Paroubek, who retired from politics in 2014, has applied to rejoin the party he once led, Marek Semerad the head of the Kolín party branch confirmed. According to Mr Semerad, Paroubek - who entered high politics in 2005 - has "not said his last word" in politics. Local Social Democrats are expected to approve his membership next week. Paroubek was party leader from 2006 - 2010 but resigned after winning a Pyrrhic victory in the 2010 election which left him unable to form a new government. He later left the ranks of the party and founded the leftist LEV 21 which failed to win any seats in the lower house when voters next went to the polls.
The funeral service for former Social Democrat (ČSSD) prime minister Stanislav Gross was held at Prague’s Vyšehrad church on Wednesday morning. The ceremony was attended by current premier Bohuslav Sobotka, foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek, and interior minister Milan Chovanec and other top members of the party from Gross’ time in power. Gross died last week at the age of 45, apparently from the effects of a paralysing nerve condition. He became prime minister in 2004 at the age of 34 but was forced to resign in the following year after a scandal over how he paid for a Prague flat. He later regreted his series of lies and half truths and said that he should have admitted that the flat was bought from his expenses as a member of parliament.
The funeral for former prime minister Stanislav Gross, who died this week at the age of 45, will be held on Wednesday, April 22, his widow and family have confirmed. A private ceremony will take place at the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul at Vyšehrad for family and friends, but members of the public will be able to pay their last respects between 8:30 and 10 AM. Mr Gross served as interior minister before taking up the post of PM, which he held for less than a year. At 34, he was the Czech Republic's youngest-ever premier but was forced to step down after failing to explain how he had financed a 4.2 million crown apartment. He later worked as a lawyer; it was reported that Mr Gross had been suffering from ALS.
Stanislav Gross, who became the Czech Republic’s youngest prime minister aged just 34-years-old, has died following a short battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mr. Gross served as Prime Minister for a mere nine months from 2004-2005. Once viewed as the “golden boy” of Czech politics, Gross’s tenure was marred by a scandal surrounding how the PM had managed to finance a 4.2 million crown apartment in Prague. Gross was forced to resign and subsequently quit politics altogether, and instead began practicing law. Largely absent from public life