Social Democrat Senators against coalition headed by Babiš facing charges

25-04-2018

Social Democrat members of the Senate have come out strongly against a possible coalition government with ANO headed by an Andrej Babiš facing criminal charges, iDnes.cz reported on Wednesday. The Social Democrats’ Senate speaker Milan Štěch said that Mr. Babiš, who should be the chief representative of the executive, was constantly suggesting that the charges against him were a stitch-up.

Social Democrat senator Petr Vícha said that when Mr. Babiš insisted he would not stand down even if found guilty of abusing EU subsidies he was doing his utmost to ensure a Social Democrat internal vote on a coalition with ANO would not pass.

The chairman of the Social Democrats, Jan Hamáček, said he did not understand why his party’s senators were making such resolute statements when coalition talks were still ongoing.