The coalition government of Petr Fiala (ODS) resisted the first opposition attempt to topple it in the House of Representatives on Friday. The cabinet will thus continue to govern the country with the confidence of the lower house. The vote of no confidence was triggered by the opposition movement ANO with the support of the SPD due to the affair surrounding the already former director of civil intelligence, Petr Mlejenko, and the government’s progress in dealing with the energy crisis in particular. The vote took place roughly eight months after the appointment of the ODS, STAN, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09 and Pirátů cabinet. The debate lasted continuously for 22 hours.
84 present members of the opposition voted for a vote of no confidence. As expected, the proposal was supported by ANO and SPD MPs. The 100 present legislators of the five coalition parties spoke against the vote of no confidence. The other 16 MPs were excused, eight each from the government and the opposition camp.
ANO representatives previously promised that they would not attempt to express no confidence in the government during the Czech presidency of the Council of the European Union. However, according to the leader of the movement and former prime minister Andrej Babiš, the situation has changed. Fiala responded that Babiš was trying to cover up his own problems. The accused ANO chairman objected to this and said that he was looking forward to the trial in the Čapí hnízdo subsidy case.