New government appointed under petr fiala

New government appointed under petr fiala

In the midst of the fourth corona wave, a new liberal-conservative government has taken office in the czech republic.

President milos zeman swore in cabinet ministers under head of government petr fiala at lany castle near prague. Since the election in october, the coalition of five parties has had a clear majority of 108 of the 200 seats in the chamber of deputies. Fiala succeeds populist billionaire andrej babis, who came under pressure over financial tensions.

"We face enormous problems – from covid-19 to energy costs to general inflation," fiala said. The 57-year-old promised systematic solutions to the problem. "You can either make it or kill yourself (politically) – I wish you the former", said president zeman to the ministers.

At its very first meeting, the cabinet decided not to extend the national corona emergency beyond christmas for the time being. Should the situation deteriorate, however, they would be prepared to react, he said. Czech republic struggles with high infection rates that are only slowly declining. The seven-day incidence rate is 704 per 100,000 inhabitants. The former government had decided to make vaccination against covid-19 compulsory for all people over the age of 60 from march 2022 onwards. The new health minister vlastimil valek has already announced his intention to reverse this trend.

The new government, which stands for a course of austerity, has to ask the parliament for a vote of confidence within 30 days. In addition to fiala’s civic democrats (ODS), it also includes christian democrats (KDU-CSL), the mayor’s party (STAN), the pirate party and the TOP09 civic grouping. For the first time since 2010, there is a european minister, mikulas bek. Czech republic to take over EU presidency in second half of 2022.

For a long time it did not look like a quick surrender of power. President zeman spent weeks in hospital and contracted corona after his release from prison. Then the 77-year-old raised serious concerns about the new auben minister, jan lipavsky of the pirate party. After some wrangling, zeman relents. Lipavsky promotes, among other things, a self-confident approach toward russia and china.

Czech republic commemorates these days of 10. Anniversary of vaclav havel’s death. The 18. Dramatist who died in december 2011 was one of the founders of the charter 77 civil rights movement in former socialist czechoslovakia. After the democratic change of 1989, he became first czechoslovak and then czech president. In prague and other cities, talks, concerts, film screenings and exhibitions commemorate the "poet-president.


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