Sunday, January 27, 2013

News 1.27.2013

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News Sunday, January 27th, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* President-elect Milos Zeman has suggested a snap general election be
held to replace the unpopular government of Petr Necas.

* The president-to-be intends to win political support for economic
incentives, financial disclosures, and other issues.

* Chief Justice of the Czech Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetsky said
he would accept Mr Zeman's appointment for another 4 years.

* Air pollution in the north-eastern Czech Republic has deteriorated.

* In tennis, Davis Cup champion Radek Stepanek will miss the
competition's first round due to health reasons.

President-elect calls for early general election

President-elect Milos Zeman has called for an early general election to
replace the current unpopular government. In an interview for Czech TV
just hours after his election to head of state, Mr Zeman said the
cabinet of PM Petr Necas was only supported by 8 percent of Czechs. One
of the coalition parties, LIDEM, did not win its mandate in a popular
vote, according to the president-elect, and therefore the entire
government did not come out from free elections. The call was rejected
by leaders of the coalition Civic Democrat and TOP 09 parties who said
the government was responsible to Parliament's lower house, and not the

Milos Zeman, a former Social Democrat prime minister, became the first
Czech president elected in a popular vote after he beat Foreign
Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in the election's second round on Saturday.

New president to seek support for economic incentives, new legislation

In related news, Mr Zeman said he would approach political parties
represented in the Czech Parliament for support for several issues
including incentives and investments for the economy, new legislation
on financial disclosures, and changes to the voting system in local
elections. In an TV interview on Sunday, the president-elect said
financial disclosure and the duty to prove the origin of property would
be crucial for efforts to curb corruption; the voting system in local
elections should enable people to choose candidates on different
ballots, according to Mr Zeman.

Constitutional Court's Chief Justice would accept Zeman's nomination

The chief justice of the Czech Constitutional Court, Pavel Rychetsky
said he would accept the president-elect's nomination for another 4
years in the post. Mr Rychetsky's ten-year term expires in August. Mr
Zeman said earlier he would consider appointing Mr Rychetsky, who
served in Mr Zeman's government as justice minister, for another term.
The terms of three of the top court's 15 judges expire on Monday, and
another 10 will leave the court later this year.

Air pollution deteriorates in north-east

Air pollution in the northeastern Moravian-Silesian region has
deteriorated, with dust exceeding the permitted levels at all measuring
stations in the region, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute said on
Sunday. Smog alert for the area, declared by meteorologists last week,
continues to be in place. The conditions are expected to improve next

In the Shadow wins critics' award for best film of 2012

The film Ve stinu (In the Shadow) by director David Ondricek has won
the film critics' awards for best movie of 2012. The film, a dark
detective story set in the 1950s, won in another four categories
including best director, photography, music and best male actor in
leading role. The prize for best documentary was awarded to the film
Laska v hrobe (Love in the Grave) by David Vondracek about a pair of
homeless people living in one of Prague's cemeteries. The third annual
Film Critics's award were handed out at a ceremony in the Archa Theatre
in the capital on Saturday night.

Tennis: Czech pair loses mixed doubles final at Australian Open

Czech tennis players Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak have failed to
win the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open after they lost to
Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 3-6, 7-5 in the final
on Sunday. Lucie Hradecka said they had several opportunities to change
the play but missed them, while the 37-year-old Cermak said reaching
the final itself was a success for him.

Injured Stepanek to miss Davis Cup's first round

Czech Davis Cu champion Radek Stepanek is set to undergo operation to
treat persisting problems with his back, and will miss the first round
of the competition in which the Czech team faces Switzerland next
weekend, the team's captain Jaroslav Navratil said on Sunday. To
replaced the injured player, the captain nominated Ivo Minar, ranked
189th in the world, to play alongside Tomas Berdych, Lukas Rosol and
Jiri Vesely.


The start of the week should be mostly overcast with snow and daytime
highs ranging between -5 and -1 degrees Celsius.

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