Czech morning headline: General Pavel to officially announce presidential candidacy
Policy General Pavel will officially announce his presidential candidacy
The former high representative of the Czech army and NATO, Petr Pavel, will today officially announce his candidacy for the Czech presidency and will launch the electoral campaign. He has repeatedly confirmed his interest in participating in the electoral race in the past. According to public opinion polls, together with the president of the ANO movement, Andrej Babiš, Pavel is the big favorite in the elections. It is not yet certain whether former Prime Minister Babiš will join them. Babiš has yet to announce his candidacy.
Policy ANO and SPD nominate most party members for Senate elections
Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) and Andrej Babiš’s ANO have nominated most members of all parties for the upcoming Czech Senate elections. Of the 178 people who will contest positions in one-third of the Senate, two-fifths are non-party members. The SPD, which currently has no senators, has appointed 15 party members, two less than two years ago. The ANO nominated 13. The Civic Democrats have nine members vying for the senatorships. The Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL) proposed eight party members. The Pirates proposed seven party members.
Crime The man who killed an office worker sentenced to life in prison
The court sentenced Jiří Dvořák, 67, from Prague, to life in prison for shooting an employee of the employment office last year. He also poured acid on his former colleague and planted a gun on the landlady of her apartment. Today’s verdict, that Dvořák took revenge on the women for alleged cruelty, is subject to appeal. Life is the hardest sentence in the Czech Republic.
“I can tell you that I haven’t experienced anything so dreadful and disgusting in the 25 years I’ve been in the justice system,” said Kamil Kydalka, chairman of the Prague City Court panel. “In the view of this court, the defendant is a person who should be permanently excluded from society at large,” he added.
Health Prague has 47 monkeypox cases
The number of monkeypox cases in Prague has risen to 47. According to hygienists, all those infected are under the age of 50 and half of them are in their 30s. An infected person is a minor. Eight cases were added to the infected statistics last week, two more on Monday, according to the Prague Hygiene Station. At least eight other cases were previously confirmed by health posts in other regions. The National Institute of Public Health (NPÚ) no longer publishes synthetic data.
Health More children seek psychiatric help
The number of patients in child psychiatrists’ offices has increased by half since 2010 with 60,000 of them in 2019 and the number increased further in the following two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, said the deputy director of General Health Insurance (VZP), Ivan Duškov. .
The government commissioner for human rights, Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková, says that due to insufficient capacities, it is necessary to help children at risk before they actually need help from a psychiatrist. As a WHO study shows, each class contains three to four children at high risk of mental illness, she said, adding that many serious mental illnesses should not develop at all if the family receives help in time.
September 5, 2022
Policy Czech Prime Minister congratulates new British Prime Minister
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala wished new British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Liz Truss good luck and hopes the UK will continue to be a valued ally of the Czech Republic and the European Union, he said. he said on Twitter today. “Wishing him much success in his new role,” Fiala tweeted.
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipávsky said he believed bilateral relations between Czechia and the UK would improve further. He said he would like to host Truss in Prague. Truss will be invited to the informal meeting of leaders of EU countries to be held at Prague Castle in October.
URKAINE Kyiv denounces Saturday’s demonstration in Prague as pro-Russian
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry called Saturday’s protest in Prague’s Wenceslas Square pro-Russian, saying its participants insulted the honor of Ukrainians who stand for freedom in Europe. The protest, however, will not threaten the two countries’ friendship, ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said on Facebook on Monday.
The demonstrators called for the resignation of the Czech government and criticized high energy prices and sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in February. Nikolenko wrote that despite Saturday’s activities, Ukraine had no doubts about the solidarity of the majority of Czechs who provided temporary asylum to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.
Alongside the Prague protest, Nikolenko also criticized a similar rally that took place in Cologne on Sunday, where some 2,000 members of the Russian community demonstrated against sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. About 70,000 people attended the demonstration in Prague.
CRIMINALITY Prosecutor asks for life in prison for man who shot Prague labor office worker
Prosecutor Markéta Pánková requests life imprisonment for Jiří Dvořák, shot at an employee of the labor office, poured acid on a former colleague and planted a gun on his landlady last year. In his closing speech in Prague City Court on Monday, Pánková said Dvořák’s criminal spree showed unusual brutality, callousness and disregard for human life. “The defendant’s actions were planned and calculated,” she said. The clerk died in hospital from injuries sustained in the shooting.
#ME TOO Feri pleads not guilty but remains under investigation
Former MP Dominik Feri pleaded not guilty regarding charges of indecent behavior toward five potential victims. Feri remains under investigation on three possible counts of rape or attempted rape. If found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison. The former MP continues to deny his guilt, admitting only that his behavior towards women has not always been courteous. One of the women who accused the former deputy of rape was then 17 years old.
Protests Trade unions will hold a big debate in Prague next month
The unions will organize a demonstration on October 8 in Prague on Wenceslas Square. The unions want a reduction in VAT on certain goods, a price cap, etc. At a meeting in Prague on Monday, union leaders criticized the Fiala government and its measures to resolve the economic crisis. Deputy Prime Minister Marian Jurečka then tweeted that there was no need for unions to demonstrate. “Either the unions want to act constructively and seek reasonable solutions in this difficult time, or they want to demonstrate,” Jurečka said.