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ANO deputy leader says written coalition agreement could be ready in two weeks

Deputy leader of ANO Jaroslav Faltýnek has said he expects a written coalition agreement between ANO and the Social Democrats to be put together over the next two weeks.

Speaking on a Sunday TV debate program, he added that both parties had already agreed on coalition priorities. He said that a similar stage had been reached with the Communist Party.

The emerging minority government is to hoping to lean on tacit support from the Communists in order to secure a majority as well as to pass key legislation. The Communists' Jiří Dolejš said if an agreement was also reached with his party, the Communist Party leadership could ratify the deal in May.

PM among first to tweet congratulations to re-elected Communist Party leader Filip, reports Novinky.cz

Prime minister in resignation Andrej Babiš, the head of ANO, was among the first to tweet congratulations to the head of the Communist Party Vojtěch Filip, Novinky.cz reports.

Mr Filip, who has led the party for 12 years, was re-elected at the party's congress in Nymburk on Saturday. He narrowly defeated challenger Josef Skála by just 20 votes. His continuation as chairman was not assured after the party's poor results in last year's parliamentary election.

In his tweet, the prime minister expressed the hope the move would pave the way for a new government with majority backing in the lower house. For the first time since 1989, the government will have to rely on the Communists for outside support.

ANO and the Social Democrats are currently negotiating who will be in the minority coalition. The Czech Republic has had a government in resignation since January.

Attendees take part in 15th annual Culture Against Anti-Semitism event

Hundreds of attendees took part in the 15th annual Culture Against Anti-Semitism on Sunday, combining the March of Good Will along with a cultural program.

Traditionally, the march, which is open to participants of all ages, begins at Franz Kafka Square in the former Jewish quarter and leads to Wallenstein Garden outside the Czech Senate, where cultural events are scheduled.

Along the route, in front of the Rudolfinum concert hall, participants paid homage to victims of the Holocaust; this year, the upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel was also being marked.

Teplice woman charged with murder of newborn

Police in Teplice have charged a 29-year-old woman with the murder of her baby, found dead in a local recycling bin for glass several dozen meters from her home. The body of the newborn was discovered on Thursday by a passerby who was rummaging through the bin.

A police representative said the newborn had been denied primary care after birth. Novinky.cz reported that neighbours had no idea that the local woman, described as heavily overweight, had been pregnant.

Czech women's tennis team books spot in Fed Cup final

The Czech women's national tennis team has booked a spot in this year's Fed Cup final, edging Germany by an overall score of 4:1. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová secured Czech participation with a convincing victory over Angelique Kerber in Stuttgart on Sunday. It will be the Czechs' sixth appearance in the final in eight years.

Football: league leaders Plzeň win first game in four matches

League leaders Viktoria Plzeň won their first game in four matches in the top domestic football league on Saturday, downing Brno by a score of 3:1. Aleš Čermák scored twice in the first half and again in the second to complete the hat-trick. Brno got a consolation goal from Musefiu Ashiru.

Weather

Mostly cloudy conditions are expected on Monday with a chance of rain. Daytime temperatures should reach highs of around 25 degrees Celsius.