The vote did not bring any surprises, as was also expected in advance.
The opposition was unable to remove the confidence from the government due to lack of votes. 100 coalition MPs opposed 84 opposition votes and retained the cabinet. 101 votes were needed, the two opposition movements ANO and SPD have a total of 92 seats.
“However, this government no longer has the trust of the majority of citizens. You follow the motto ‘thanks for every new morning’, but your work is a service to people and you have forgotten that,” said Alena Schillerová, head of the ANO deputies, shortly after the end of the vote.
The meeting, during which more than thirty MPs took turns behind the lectern with their speeches, lasted almost 23 hours.
The deputies met on Thursday at 1 p.m., but the rank-and-file did not get to speak until about two hours after midnight, until then legislators with priority rights, such as party and club presidents or members of the government, spoke. News watched the meeting live here and here.
On Thursday, the chairman of the strongest opposition movement ANO, Andrej Babiš, was the first to take the floor, and in an extensive and sometimes confusing speech, he explained why the government should end.
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“The energy crisis, in particular, got completely out of their hands. The Czech Republic is at risk of energy armageddon and large-scale social unrest,” he said from the podium.
“Instead of admitting it, the government has taken Czech citizens hostage, whom it intends to drag into the abyss with it,” he declared and continued: “The entire government headed by the clueless Prime Minister Fiala must end.”
Members of the SPD are of a similar opinion. “Companies are going bankrupt and there is a threat of an increase in unemployment. This government has managed to commit so much evil that it should resign and there should be early elections,” said the head of this movement, Tomio Okamura, immediately after Babiš’s speech.
Fiala thanked Babiš for participating in the work
On the other hand, in their speeches, the ministers defended the government’s actions so far and presented other plans in their departments.
“The reason for today’s meeting is that the elections are coming up. At the same time, Andrej Babiš also wants to cover up his personal problems,” replied Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) to Babiš right at the beginning of his speech on Thursday, and at the same time thanked him for coming to work.
Babiš has long been criticized for the fact that he often travels around the regions in his caravan during parliamentary meetings and campaigns.
“It is true that people have to deal with higher prices of energy and products. But I reacted quickly, almost the fastest in Europe. Our assistance is rated as the fourth fastest in the European Union. The government has allocated a total of 177 billion crowns for the years 2022 and 2023,” Fiala continued on the topic of the meeting.
The Minister of Industry and Trade, Jozef Síkela (STAN), who is responsible for the issue of energy, which was one of the main topics of this meeting, also defended the government’s actions in the field of energy, according to him, the government’s steps to improve the situation with rising energy prices come at the “right time”. .
“The result of our steps is that Czech citizens and companies will have enough gas for the upcoming heating season. That was a completely logical first step, the second is to ensure acceptable prices for raw materials and energy. We are working on that now,” said Síkela, for example, at the plenary session.
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The motion of no confidence in the government was initiated by the opposition movement ANO with the support of the SPD. According to both movements, the reason for the convening was the energy crisis, rising prices, but also the affairs surrounding the government movement STAN, the opposition also demanded the head of the Minister of the Interior Víto Rakušan (STAN).