Read the full text of the letter here
“In politics, I follow several principles, including a degree of leniency towards political novices. The time of defense has passed and I no longer intend to hide my disappointment over your oversteps, “Zeman begins his letter.
And that while Hřiby’s predecessors in office dedicated the spring and summer to coordinating the transport infrastructure, the current mayor at the same time addressed the issue of felling a tree in Jelení ditch, which he also confuses with Jelení Street, or sees a discount negotiation in the Museum.
According to the president, the result of this policy did not take long. “The capital is completely paralyzed by traffic, which is no longer just a Prague issue, but given the importance of the metropolis and a national topic,” said the president.
In this context, the President of Mayor Hřib calls for several steps, including an apology from the public and consideration of the state of danger or the direct resignation of the position of Mayor of the Capital City of Prague.
President Hřiba also criticizes the fact that the car driver perceives him as someone who uses this method of transport for his convenience. However, according to Zeman, this is wrong, and the president adds that the task of politics is not to evaluate and dictate how people should be transported.
Read the reaction of Mayor Zděnek Hřib here
In response, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib first stated that Zeman and his letter together with the election campaign in favor of the YES movement.
“I hope that Mr. Babiš will show it to him in his campaign, which has long exceeded the bounds of decency and taste,” said Hřib. And in return, he called on Zeman to resign. For example, because of the defense of the interests of other powers instead of the Czech Republic in the case of Russian agents and the explosion in Vrbětice, its constant efforts to divide society or because of its inability to supply power to the nation during the coronavirus crisis.
At the same time, Hřib also added that when the president of our country cares most about the condition of the roads, I assume that tomorrow the president will call for the resignation of the Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček (also for YES).
“After all, there are also closures and congestions on the D1 due to repairs. By the way, the deplorable traffic situation on this key traffic artery is also evidenced by the fact that the President preferred to fly to Brno on September 1 by plane, “Hřib notes.
At the end of the letter, he notes that he also inherited the bad road in Prague from the YES movement and now he has to invest very significantly in them, which leads to the fact that there are simply more repairs. And he did not forgive himself for Zeman’s invitation to the castle grounds and the meeting with the people of Prague, for which he had not yet found the time.
Many holiday repaired streets have really stretched until September this year, when Prague complicates heavy traffic much more. The city management is defending itself by saying that a number of events had to start later in the summer due to the exclusion of the metro.
Political opponents see it differently. “The illogically planned road closures, the senselessly dug-up city and the wasted time of drivers in convoys are the result of the lack of interest of Mayor Zdeněk Hřiba and his transport square Adam Scheinherr in planning and conducting communications with all relevant organizations, such as the Technical Communications Administration or Dopravní podnik. how to mitigate the effects of traffic restrictions on drivers, “summed up the Deputy Mayor of Prague 2, Alexandra Udženija (ODS).