The president of the ANO club, Alena Schillerová, said after the vote that although the coalition MPs expressed confidence in the government, Fial’s cabinet has long lost the confidence of the majority of citizens. According to her, the government has forgotten that its job is to serve the people. “You follow the motto ‘Thank you for every new morning,'” she added.
SPD leader Tomio Okamura described the result as bad news for millions of citizens who, according to him, will face social and economic problems because the government has no solution to help the energy crisis.
Fial’s government is facing a no-confidence motion. Babiš: He is a national disaster
Deputies voted by name from the drawn member of the lower house, which became Libor Turek from the ODS. During the voting, it was found that TOP 09 deputy Martina Lisová acquired the surname Ochodnická by marriage, which was not recorded in the original documents. Ochodnická therefore had to repeat the vote under a new name. The House of Representatives completed the voting approximately 22.5 hours after the meeting began on Thursday.
Eight members of ANO did not participate in the vote, including the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Jana Mračková Vildumetzová. Schillerová then told journalists that MPs who are ill and, for example, Moravian-Silesian Governor Ivo Vondrák were absent due to an important business meeting. Five members of the KDU-ČSL, including vice-chairman Jan Bartošek, two members of STAN and the chairman of the parliamentary economic committee Ivan Adamec (ODS) were conspicuously absent from the government parties.
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.
Out of the 17 attempts to express no confidence in the government so far, only one succeeded in March 2009. During the vote on the government of Mirko Topolánek (ODS) during the Czech Presidency of the EU, four coalition MPs joined the opposition, so it received the necessary 101 votes. In the last election period, Babiš’s minority cabinet of ANO and ČSSD withstood three attempts to overthrow him.
Fiala: The opposition insults and dishonors the government
The opposition insults, criticizes and defames the government, instead of behaving in a state-building manner in a difficult situation and admitting that it has a huge share in some problems. Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) said this at a press conference after the cabinet resisted the first opposition attempt to overthrow it in the House of Representatives today. After the “opposition orgies”, he believes that the citizens will support the current government parties in the municipal and senate elections in September.
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. 84 members of the opposition voted for the vote of no confidence, at least 101 votes were required.
Mlejnek is resigning immediately, Fiala said. Civilian intelligence will have an interim chief
In his words, Fiala thanked the opposition for convening the meeting without irony. “Three weeks before the municipal and senate elections, the opposition could not have done anything better. I believe that as many citizens as possible watched the proceedings,” he noted. “I believe that if the citizens saw these opposition orgies that we witnessed, incompetence, hatred, lies and malice, they would come to the municipal and senate elections and support the change that we started last fall,” added the prime minister.
According to him, the meeting was called for two reasons. The opposition parties wanted to campaign for taxpayers’ money and also to cover up the problems of ANO chairman and former prime minister Andrej Babiš. According to Fiala, it was not the current government that underestimated the energy security of the Czech Republic, turned its eyes to Russia for a long time and put the country in debt.
According to Fiala, the opposition spreads malice and hatred and has no real solutions to a complex situation. At the same time, according to him, she has not come to terms with the results of last year’s parliamentary elections, is unable to accept defeat and is trying to deny the results by various means.
According to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Markéta Pekarová Adamová (TOP 09), everyone can imagine for themselves what it would look like if the country was led by parties that are now in opposition. In their speeches at the plenary, the ministers showed competence, experience and a responsible approach, they believe.
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The head of STAN and the Minister of the Interior, Vít Rakušan, thanked the opposition for the fact that the ministers had the opportunity to present their work. According to him, personal attacks, invectives, defamation and pointing to private matters were below the level of what the proceedings in the House of Representatives should look like.
People’s President Marian Jurečka noted that the government coalition is sticking together. He considers this to be good news for citizens, companies and the European Union. According to him, a judicial person cannot want the government to fall during the Czech presidency of the Council of the EU, as happened in 2009.
Pirates boss Ivan Bartoš was offended by the comparison between the earlier coronavirus pandemic and the situation when Europe is under the influence of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. According to him, it is not appropriate.