The former Czech ambassador to Paris Pavel Fischer has entered the race for
president. Mr. Fischer confirmed his candidacy at a press conference in
Prague on Thursday, saying he had the support of ten senators across the
Pavel Fischer has also served as Czech ambassador to Monaco, he was in the service of president Vaclav Havel and is currently director of the STEM polling agency.
Ten other candidates are in the running for the country’s top post, including the incumbent president Miloš Zeman. A candidate needs to win support from ten senators, twenty MPs or 50,000 Czech citizens.
The owner of the investment group PPF Petr Kellner remains the richest
Czech according to Forbes magazine. The market value of his assets is
estimated at 310 billion crowns.
Second ranking goes to ANO leader and former finance minister Andrej Babis whose property is estimated at 88 billion. Real estate magnate Radovan Vitek placed third with assets worth 57 billion crowns.
There are 11 newcomers among the country’s 70 richest Czechs and their overall wealth crossed the trillion crown mark for the first time this year.
Czech illustrator, caricaturist and comics author Vladimír Renčín has
died at the age of 75, following a long illness. The announcement was made
on Wednesday by his daughter, Zuzana Renčínová.
The satirist was well-known for panels commenting on current affairs and was published for decades in Czech newspapers and magazines. His work has been published in more than 30 books.
Pavel Fischer, the former Czech ambassador to France and current head of
the STEM polling agency, is reportedly set to run for president in the
election next January. An official announcement is expected on Thursday.
The head of Christian Democrats’ deputies’ club Petr Šilar confirmed that Mr Fischer had support from 10 senators, one of the means of launching a bid.
Another is gathering signatures from 50,000 people in support of one’s candidacy.
The Czech Army could send a significant number of soldiers, between 200 and
300, to Iraq, Justice Minister Martin Stropnický has said, although any
decision would hinge on the post-election make-up of the Czech lower house.
Next year a team is being sent to the Middle Eastern country specializing in defense against WMDs.
Currently, more than 30 Czech military personnel are providing support for Iraqis piloting and servicing Czech-made L-159 fighter jets. That mission is to last until the end of 2018.
Individuals charged in connection with the Stork’s Nest affair and
suspected subsidy fraud worth 50 million crowns, will be unable to ignore
summons, being sent out in the coming days, according to the Czech News
Two of those expected to receive them are the country’s former finance minister, MP and head of ANO, Andrej Babiš, and fellow MP Jaroslav Faltýnek. Parliamentary immunity has been waived for both.
According to the agency, recipients have 10 days to pick up the summons, before the police can send repeat notification.
In 2016, Czechs picked more than five billion crowns worth of fruits and
mushrooms in the country’s forests. In all, people picked 33,800 tons,
which is less than the long-term average of 39,300.
The news was confirmed by a new report for the government on the state of Czech forests and forestry on Wednesday.
In monetary terms, Czechs picked 800 million crowns’ worth less year-on-year. A single household picked 8.14 kilograms.
A Czech motorist, alleged to have caused a fatal head-on collision near
Nelahozeves near Mělník, has died in hospital. The accident took place on
Tuesday evening, when the driver, at the wheel of a Škoda Superb, ignored
a solid line and moved into the oncoming lane to pass a slower vehicle.
A 31-year-old mother of two in the other carwas killed instantly; her children suffered serious injuries and are in hospital.
The district court in Pelhřimov on Wednesday heard testimony from expert
witnesses and defendant Petr
Weiss, charged with causing the deaths of two people and seriously
injuring a third person in a car crash in 2016.
The prosecution is seeking almost 20 million crowns in damages on the behalf of the bereaved.
The defendant told the court he had no recollection of the accident; if found guilty, the well-known sexologist and public figure could face up to six years behind bars.
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