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Czech opposition narrowly prevails

Brussels 09.10.2021 The Czech Republic’s opposition prevailed over Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s party in this weekend’s parliamentary elections.

The Three-party coalition, Together, won 27.78% of the vote in the two-day elections, narrowly edging out Babis’s ANO party which won 27.13%, according to Reuters.

A third opposition coalition, the Pirate/Mayors, came in third with 15.6% of the vote.

Together and the Pirate/Mayors are set to win 108 of the 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech Parliament, according to Reuters.

Petr Fiala, who leads Together, said the groups have “brought a chance that we will stop getting in debt, that we will remain a part of democratic Europe,” he said. “The results are clear, the democratic opposition won a clear majority.”

However Babis conceded his coalition’s loss, he said that he would lead talks on forming a cabinet if he is appointed by President Milos Zeman, according to The Associated Press.

Zeman has previously said that he would allow the leader of the strongest party, not coalition, to form a new government, the outlet noted.

Incumbent Prime Minister Babis has faced multiple scandals during his term as Prime Minister, but his ANO party was still favored to win the two-day election. This election notably came just after the release of the Pandora papers, which focused on his financial dealings overseas.

The Pandora Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, reveal that Babis acquired $22 million villa in France in 2009. The research claimed that he appeared to have routed the money through shell companies in the British Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., and a real estate management firm in Monaco.

Czechs protest against “stolen Kosovo”

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Aleksandar Mitic, correspondent
Some two hundred Czechs and Serbs, holding a large banner with the inscription “Kosovo is Serbian”, gathered on Friday at the St. Venceslas square in Prague to mark their opposition to the unilateral declaration of secession of Kosovo from Serbia, proclaimed on February 17, 2008.
Jaroslav Foldina, a deputy of the Czech Social-Democratic Party (CSSD) in the parliament, said the secession of Kosovo was a “flagrant violation of international law” and compared it to the Nazi annexation of Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia in 1938.
Every year, Czechs opposed to Kosovo’s secession gather in front of the statue of St. Venceslas to express their dissatisfaction. In 2008, the Czech government recognized Kosovo under strong pressure from Washington, despite fierce opposition by the public opinion, Czech president Vaclav Klaus and parliamentary groups. The question was never put in front of the parliament.
“We are here every year, we are here today and we will be here on St. Venceslas every year until stolen Kosovo is given back to Serbia”, Foldina said.
Vaclav Dvorak, author of the documentary “Stolen Kosovo”, also addressed the gathering, reminding about the difficult fate of the Kosovo Serbs.
Despite the recognition of Kosovo, Czechs often manifest their opposition to Kosovo’s secession. In January, supporters of Sparta Prague, painted a graffiti “Kosovo is Serbia” on the stands of their stadium. Czech president Milos Zeman is also a firm opponent of Kosovo’s secession.