The Mayors and Independents group have rejected a proposal put forward by
TOP 09’s Miroslav Kalousek aimed at blocking efforts by ANO’s Andrej
Babiš to form a minority government. Mr. Kalousek says if other parties
agree to not nominate a speaker, this would stop mean the current
government would have to continue.
However, the Mayors’ Jan Farský said before a meeting of his party, TOP 09 and the Christian Democrats on Wednesday that such a move represented nothing more than a “yell into the darkness”.
The Czech National Bank is set to discuss interest rates on Thursday, with
most economists expecting its board to an announce an increase, the Czech
News Agency reported. Experts say that the central bank is most likely to
raise interest rates by 0.25 of a percentage point, but they have not ruled
out a rise of double that amount.
The CNB increased interest rates for the first time in eight years in August.
The bank will also issue a macroeconomic prognosis on Thursday and economists expect it to revise previous estimates for GDP growth and inflation upwards.
ANO have offered the Social Democrats the chairmanship of one of the
committees in the lower house, the latter’s acting leader Milan Chovanec
said after a meeting with ANO's Andrej Babiš on Wednesday. Mr.
Chovanec did not say which committee was under discussion.
The senior Social Democrat said that ANO had not set any conditions with regard to the offer. Mr. Chovanec also said that the election winners were continuing to demand the post of speaker of the lower house, for which they have proposed Radek Vondráček.
The Civic Democrats, who came second in the elections, have suggested party leader Petr Fiala for the post.
ANO leader Andrej Babiš says he has selected candidates to fill seven or
eight cabinet posts in the minority government he is forming. Speaking on
Wednesday, Mr. Babiš said he had a few names in mind for the post of
minister of defence, with the ANO incumbent Martin Stropnický tipped to
take over at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Babiš is at present seeking adepts for the posts of minister of education, industry and trade and culture. Some ANO ministers will hold onto the portfolios they had in the outgoing government.
On Tuesday President Miloš Zeman charged Mr. Babiš with forming a government after ANO took almost 30 percent in general elections. The head of state said he would allow the party to rule without having to win a vote of confidence, a move that critics say breaks with long-standing tradition.
Meanwhile, the leadership of ANO have called on the party’s regional governors who have also been elected to the Chamber of Deputies to choose one position and resign from the other. On Tuesday the party’s Jaroslava Pokorná Jermanová announced she was giving up her seat in the lower house and would only serve as governor of the South Bohemia Region.
Local politicians in Prague 1 have given their agreement to a blanket ban
on the consumption of alcohol in the streets of the city centre district,
Novinky.cz reported. A new version of a long-standing edict was prepared by
Prague City Hall and approved by Prague 1 officials on Tuesday, the news
site said. Current fines of CZK 1,000 are set to increase to CZK 10,000.
A hitherto ban on alcohol consumption in Prague 1 has targeted selected streets, but the new edict will apply to the entire district. People will also be barred from carrying open bottles in set places, if the move wins final approval from City Hall.
Brno has been accepted as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network,
which fosters cooperation among cities that support creativity “as a
strategic factor for sustainable urban development”. The Moravian capital
is the second Czech city to make it onto the list, which has just been
expanded to take in 64 new locations.
Brno is included in the UNESCO network as a “creative city of music” while Prague features in its literature category. A total of 180 cities in 72 countries are involved.
Marta Kubišová will appear on stage for the last time in her native
České Budějovice on Wednesday night. The singer is making her final
public performance on her 75th birthday. She bade farewell to audiences in
Prague on Friday.
A pop star in 1960s Czechoslovakia, Kubišová was banned by the Communists and became a symbol of resistance to the Soviet occupation. Her performance of her trademark song A Prayer for Marta to a packed Wenceslas Square during the 1989 Velvet Revolution reflected the enormous changes that were taking place at that time.
Czech-American contemporary music composer Ladislav Kubik has died in the
United States at the age of 71, the ctk news agency reported.
Kubik studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and taught at the Prague Music Conservatory before moving to the United States. From 1991 he worked as Professor of Composition at Florida State University's College of Music in Tallahassee.
He won international recognition thanks to concerts, radio broadcasting and recording of his works in more than 20 countries of South and North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Roughly 100 Czech students received the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh
International Award from Prince Edward, the youngest son of British Queen
Elizabeth II, on Tuesday.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests.
So far it has been granted to about 2,500 young Czechs.