Euro MP and former justice minister Jiří Pospíšil is set to be the next chairman of TOP 09 at the party’s congress at the weekend, taking over from one of the founders and current leader Miroslav Kalousek who is stepping down, news site iDnes reports. The party, which finished third in the national election in 2010, has since seen a massive drop in voters, registering just 5.31 percent of the vote in the election in October of this year. The party achieved its initial success under the leadership of Karel Schwarzenberg, former chancellor to Václav Havel and later foreign minister.
Prague’s High Court confirmed on Friday that Russian hacker Yevgeny
Nikulin can be extradited to the United States; the 30-year-old hacker was
arrested by Czech police in October 2016 on an international warrant. Mr
Nikulin is also sought by Moscow. Prague’s Municipal Court earlier ruled
that requests made by Russia and the US for extradition were both valid.
Mr Nikulin is wanted by the FBI in connection with a hack of LinkedIn in which the passwords of more than 100 million users of the professional networking service were compromised. Russia applied to have Nikulin extradited to Moscow in connection with a 2009 internet theft of 3,450 US dollars. The final extradition decision will be made by the Justice Minister; Mr Nikulin is reportedly considering filing a complaint with the Constitutional Court.
Lobbyist Roman Janoušek has filed a request with Prague’s Municipal
Court for the remainder of his prison sentence to be waived for health
reasons. His health has failed to improve and his sentence was aready put
on hold once.
Mr Janoušek was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for a hit-and-run while driving under the influence. He served part of his sentence from November 2014 to March 2016.
The Interior Ministry has officially confirmed there will be nine
candidates in the presidential election in January, and rejected and
additional 11 would-be entries who failed to gather the requisite
signatures. Successful applicants were required to collect either 50,000
signatures from the public, 20 from MPs in the lower house or 10 from
Miloš Zeman is the incumbent seeking a second and final five-year term; polls put the former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Jiří Drahoš, and lyricist and former betting agency owner Michal Horáček, as his most serious rivals in the race so far. Also running for president is former prime minister Mirek Topolánek, the former Czech ambassador to Paris Pavel Fischer, doctor and activist Marek Hilšer, the former head of Škoda Auto Vratislav Kulhánek, the head of the Defense and Security Association Jiří Hynek, and musician and politician Petr Hannig.
Czech President Miloš Zeman, has completed an official state visit to
Russia, during which he met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Prime
Minister Dmitry Medvedev and also Mikhail Gorbachev.
A delegation representing some 130 Czech firms accompanied the head of the state on his visit since the beginning of the week.
Earlier, President Zeman launched a business forum in Yekaterinburg, in the aim of boosting potential cooperation between Czech and Russian firms.
Lawmakers elected four of five deputy speakers in the new Chamber of
Deputies on Friday, giving their votes to Vojtěch Pikala of the Pirate
Party, Tomio Okamura, the head of the Freedom and Direct Democracy,
Vojtěch Filip of the Communist Party, and Jan Hamáček of the Social
Democrats. Petr Fiala, the head of the chamber’s second-largest party,
the Civic Democrats, failed to get support in two rounds.
All of the voting was by secret ballot.
New candidates can be put forward next week; the post of fifth deputy speaker will remain unfilled for the time being.
The proportion of Czech national wealth flowing into the payment of
pensions has dropped in the past years to 8.3 percent from 9.7 percent. The
figures were released by the Research Institute for Labour and Social
According to the outgoing head of the Pensions Commission, Martin Potůčka, politicians should respond with a statement about what percent of national wealth should be set aside for pensions payment.
In football, Viktoria Plzeň booked a place in the next stage of the Europa
League after beating Romanian club FCSB at home 2:0 on Thursday night.
The win secured the Czech club second place in the group. Slavia Prague also increased its chances of further European football with an away 2:0 win against Israeli club Maccabi.
Zlín already with a slim chance of progression out of the group stage, lost 1:0 to Tiraspol and cannot go through to the play-offs.
Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilič could be lined up as the new coach of
Sparta Prague, Czech news sites reported Thursday.
The web site Seznam reported that Bilič’s agent is due in Prague next week for talks with club bosses about the possible engagement of the Croat.
Sparta are currently fifth in the Czech top league with 25 points. That’s a massive 17 points adrift from league leader Viktoria Plzeň on 42 points. The current manager of the team is Italian Andrea Stramaccioni, whose squad has failed to shine in spite of heavy spending in the transfer market.