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11-06-2006

Possibility of grand coalition not favoured

The Civic Democratic leadership, which is currently in the process of trying to secure support for a governing mandate, does not see a grand coalition with the Social Democrats as a viable option. Mirek Topolanek, the chairman of the Civic Democratic Party, says that this would go against the wishes of party members, as well as voters. At present, the Civic Democrats are in the process of negotiating a coalition with the Christian Democrats and the Greens, though this solution would still leave them with only 100 seats in the 200-seat lower house.

Over the weekend, all 74 newly-elected Social Democratic MPs signed a declaration vowing not to support a coalition led by Mr. Topolanek. Over the weekend, Social Democratic leader Mr. Paroubek said that he envisions a new Czech government will be formed by August.

Since the Velvet Revolution in late 1989, every election victor in the Czech Republic has managed to form a government.

Civic Democrats have inside candidate to head lower house

In a Sunday televised program on T.V. NOVA, the leader of the Civic Democrats, Mirek Topolanek, revealed that his party has its own candidate in mind to administer the Chamber of Deputies. If the Civic Democrats are successful then their current party deputy leader, Miroslava Nemcova, could be nominated for Chairwoman of the lower house when MPs convene to vote on June 27th. Mr. Topolanek sees Miroslava Nemcova as a fine candidate because according to him, she has the experience to lead the lower house, as well as the qualities required to do the job well. Ms. Nemcova was the deputy leader of the lower house during the last Social Democratic-led government.

The Civic Democrats are taking the position that the Chair's post in the lower house need not automatically fall to the second-place Social Democrats, and that they as the winning party intend to occupy the chair of the lower house. Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party has spoken publicly about the possibility of Jiri Paroubek running for the chairmanship of the lower house. The Social Democrats feel that they should hold the post, given their second-place yet still strong showing in the recent elections.

Green Party gives Bursik clear mandate to negotiate

At a meeting over the weekend, the Green Party gave its leader, Martin Bursik, and his negotiating team a clear mandate to take part in coalition-building talks with all parties except the Communists. Mr. Bursik says that negotiations with the winning party, the Civic Democrats, and the Christian Democrats currently take precedent over discussions with the Social Democratic Party.

The Green Party stands by its campaign promise not to support any government that would be dependent on the backing of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia.

The Greens earned six percent of the vote in recent elections, and have a mandate of six seats in the lower house—their first-ever presence in high-level Czech politics. Mr. Bursik has not revealed which—if any—ministry posts may be desirable for the Greens in a coalition arrangement, though analysts say that the Ministry of the Environment is of logical key interest for the Greens.

Three Green Party members were also expelled over the weekend for their leadership of the so-called 'Leftist faction' that emerged just prior to the elections, causing an internal conflict within the party. Eva Holubova, Karel Volny and Vaclav Drbohlav were voted out of the Green Party.

Rate of recycling in Czech Republic rises

The daily Pravo reports that the number of Czechs recycling is on the rise—and in fact, Czechs are among the best recyclers in Europe. The country has already surpassed recycling parameters set by the European Union that are to take effect in 2012. According to the report, 67% of people practiced recycling on a regular basis in 2005 and the average citizen sorted 36.2 Kg. of waste. Czech households recycled a total of 360 000 tonnes of garbage in 2005, and 168 000 tonnes of this material was reused.

Russian banking giant controlled by Czech PPF group records profit

The Home Credit and Finance Bank of Russia, which is controlled by the Czech financial group PPF, reports a decrease in profits for 2005. Compared to 2004 when the bank saw a profit of 338 million crowns ($15.1 million USD), 2005 figures rest at about 256 million crowns ($11.5 million USD). The Home Credit and Finance Bank ranks second on the Russian market, and opened 31 new branches throughout the Russian Federation in 2005.

Vendula Frintova wins bronze in Richards Bay World Cup Triathlon

Vendula Frintova of the Czech Republic has won bronze in the women's triathlon World Cup race in Richards Bay, South Africa. It is the first time in her career that Frintova has placed within the top three finalists. She finished with a time of 2:06:59 and fainted after she crossed the finish line. Emma Snowsill of Australia took first place, and Anja Dittmer of Germany clinched the silver.

Lenka Radova of the Czech Republic finished fifth with a time of 2:07:38.

Czech doubles canoeists win gold

Doubles canoeists Marek Jiras and Tomas Madr have won gold at the World Cup championships in La Seu d'Urgell, Spain. They take first place in the water slalom competition, beating out Italian rivals Benetti and Masoero. The races in Seu d'Urgell close-out the third segment of World Cup competition.

Weather

Sunny skies and warm temperatures are expected to continue throughout the early part of the week, with daytime highs reaching 27 degrees Celsius.

11-06-2006