Thursday, January 20

Czech Communists will not be in the new Parliament in Prague



The Czech Prime Minister, the Populist Billionaire Andrej Babis, it was imposed in the legislatures of his country this Saturday but without obtaining a majority, so the formation of a new government could take weeks or months of negotiations. After counting 99.36% of the votes, the center and populist ANO de Babis party gets 27.14% of the votes, which is equivalent to 75 out of 200 seats of Parliament, despite his litigation with the European Union and allegedly being involved in the Pandora papers.

For its part, the Juntos alliance, formed by the Civic Democrats (right), TOP09 (center right) and the Christian Democrats (center right) obtained 27.78% of the votes.

An anti-system alliance, that of the Pirate Party and the Mayors and Independents movement (STAN), achieved 15.5%.

These two alliances could form a government if they join, since they have meetings more than 50% of the seats of the Parliament (103 of 200).

For his part, Czech Communist Party it had its worst result with only 3.81% and, for the first time since the arrival of democracy, it will not have parliamentary representation, as it does not exceed the necessary 5%.

Andrej Babis, a 67-year-old businessman in the agri-food, chemical and media sectors, is accused of alleged fraud in subsidies from the European Union, which reproaches him for his conflict of interest as a businessman and politician.

Among the rest of the parties competing in the elections, the far-right anti-Muslim movement Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD), led by the Tokyo-born businessman Tomio Okamura, stood out, which obtained 10% and could support Babis.

Babis, a Czech fifth fortune according to Forbes, is leading a minority government with the Social Democrats, tacitly backed by the Communist Party that led the former Czechoslovakia between 1948 and 1989 and of which the prime minister was a part.

The results, which clearly point to a possible conservative alliance in the Czech Republic, reinforce the so-called bloc Visegrad Group (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia), especially active now within the European Union for its policy of resistance to the way in which they exercise their powers of the community institutions. The four Central European countries, the last to join the EU, are especially zealous in their defense of their idiosyncrasies, their moral values ​​and their legislation, and consider that Brussels – both the Commission and the European Parliament – go too far in their decisions , especially in the areas of education and immigration policy.

But the great novelty of these Czech legislative elections has been the expulsion from Parliament – by the ballot box – of the communist party, which remained active in the Czech Parliament since the fall of the dictatorship supervised by the Soviet Union.

In a way, the legislative elections held between Friday and Saturday constitute the culmination of the so-called Velvet Revolution, started in the late 1980s by the liberals led by the writer Vaclav Havel.

The Czech Republic’s economy of 10.7 million people is recovering after the pandemic. But the recent increase in pensions and administration salaries have triggered the public deficit.

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