The Čižin brothers succeeded wherever they could. At the Prague City Hall, Prague wants to join a coalition
The contact campaign of the Prague movement worked for itself in the municipal elections. On the night of Saturday to Sunday, Jan Čižinský started negotiations on coalition cooperation at the Prague-wide level with the chairman of TOP 09, Jiří Pospíšil. He will meet Prague pirates on Sunday. His brother Pavel led Prague to victory in the first part of the city.
Prague – “Jenda, Jenda,” Prague supporters welcomed themselves in the industrial services of the Holešovice Vnitroblock on the small podium of their leader Jan Čižinský.
It was the second appearance of the candidates during the whole dinner, and it was already clear that in addition to a landslide victory in Prague 7, the movement also conquered the Prague City Hall, where it finished third with more than 16 percent voter support. In the end, the win in the first part of Prague, where the candidate’s brother Jan Čižinský Pavel was in the lead, will be definitively confirmed. Elsewhere, Prague did not raise candidates.
The Prague staff sang to each other less than half an hour before midnight. In an ever-ending tug of war over places, the movement is alternately in fourth and third place. pic.twitter.com/wmpwViJIST
– Helena Truchla (@helen_truchla) October 6, 2018
Jan Čižinský, as the head of the third most successful group in Prague, is now awaiting negotiations on cooperation with the United Forces for Prague (coalition TOP09 and STAN, supported, among others, by KDU-ČSL) and pirates.
Shortly after midnight, the chairman of TOP 09 arrived behind him in the former garages and workshops Jiří Pospíšil, which led the United Forces to fourth place in a close match, eventually lagged behind Čižinský by about three tenths of a percent of the vote.
“I am in favor of the negotiations being quick. The ability to negotiate, take action that will be the future coalition,” Čižinský said in an interview with Aktuálně.cz before the counting of votes.
The negotiations will be tough, Pospíšil assured him in front of the elected staff of the election staff, from which he left shortly afterwards. On Sunday, Čižinský will meet representatives of the Prague pirates, who finished in second place, half a percent of the vote ahead of Prague.
We will tear Prague away from Babiš and the ODS
Prague has long refused to cooperate with the ANO is a Civic Democratic Party movement. “We have the opportunity to snatch Prague from Andrej Babiš and the remnants of the ODS,” Čižinský told Aktuálně.cz during the census.
“A while ago, the head of the Prague ODS called me (Tomáš Portlík, note Red.). I confirmed to him that we would not cooperate with them. Then Mr. Stuchlík called, and I also told him that we do not expect negotiations with YES, “confirmed Čižinský a few hours later.
Jan Čižinský, who ran for mayor of Prague for Prague, also defended the post of mayor of the seventh part of Prague. After four years in the ruling coalition, “Prague 7 won” almost 55.5 percent of the vote and a comfortable majority of 18 seats in the 29-member council.
When the candidates for Prague took pictures of themselves later in the night, the fact that Pavel Čižinský, a year-old brother of forty-year-old “Jendy”, as the leaders nicknamed by their colleagues, is headed by “Prague” served as a motivation for a mass smile in addition to electoral success. 1 to each other “to beat longtime mayor Oldřich Lomecký (TOP 09). He has run the town hall for the last eight years.
Pavel Čižinský from Prague 1 to himself Photo: Honza Mudra
Pavel Čižinský led Prague to win at number one, but here, unlike Prague 7, negotiations on a coalition are necessarily waiting for him. “First we will turn to those we have worked with so far, ie the Greens and the Pirates,” he told reporters when he arrived in Holešovice from Prague’s Black Bridge around eleven in the evening, where he counted the votes in the election commission. These three groups won a total of eleven seats in the 25-member council. So they may need more allies.
At first not quite “sexy” changes
As in the competition, Prague’s program priorities include housing and transport. “It does not sound like a very sexy change, but the first thing is to speed up the functioning of the municipality and improve the division of competencies between the municipality and any city districts,” Čižinský will answer Aktuálně.cz to the question of what will be safe for him after the elections.
The movement promises to improve parking in the capital, the functioning of public transport, complete the city ring road and speed up housing construction. They would like to get a mobile signal to the metro, they intend to publish a list of leased properties owned by the metropolis.
Leader Jan Čižinský was still a well-known KDU-ČSL until last year. It was for the People’s Party that he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the autumn. He canceled his membership so that he could lead rival Prague into the fight for the Prague City Hall. He might sit on the board with them now.
The Čižin group entered the Prague City Council for the first time, he defended his mandate. He has sat in the council for the last four years as a member of the three-party coalition of the Green Party, KDU-ČSL and STAN.
Čižinský declined to comment on whether he intended to resign any of his functions – deputies or the head of the city district. According to him, the debates about who will replace Adriana Krnáčová in the mayor’s chair are also premature. “I can imagine all the variants now,” answer the question whether the head of the pirates, Zdeněk Hřib, could lead Prague.
The original campaign may be an immortal documentary
At the Prague-wide level, Prague has completely exhausted its electoral potential, which was attributed to it by a survey by agents Kantar TNS and Median from the beginning of September this year. The movement was able to convince all voters (if about eight-tenths of an percent more) who considered his choice.
It seems that Prague has paid off with an original campaign in which, according to the movement, a large number of volunteers were involved in the movement. On the contrary, the movement did not have to have any billboards in Prague. “Fifty million crowns, which have YES, were rolled over by several thousand man-hours of work of our volunteers who stood in the streets of the city for months,” Michael Koch, one of Prague’s election managers, told Aktuálně.cz. “I know what I’m celebrating,” Koch rejoiced during the counting afternoon, when the end result was far from clear.
The chanting of “Jenda, Jenda” was repeated several more times throughout the evening, and yet the number two candidate from Prague, film producer Hana Třeštíková, assured that Prague is not a one-man party, Jan Čižinský apparently plays an irreplaceable role in the movement.
“Jenda said we were collecting signatures, I didn’t believe it, but I did collect signatures. When we collected them, Jenda said we would get a good result. I didn’t believe it – and the result is here,” said another candidate, the leader Economic Administration of the Petr Zeman Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague.
The creator of the Czech Journal series also took an original approach to the election campaign. The effort of the movement to fight its way from one part of the city to the Prague City Hall is therefore likely to be included in one of the prepared parts of this documentary series.
Video: Prague was also supported by Michal Horáček.
Michal Horáček came to support the Prague Association himself Video: Helena Truchlá