Updates: 19.05.2022 11:57
Released: 19.05.2022, 11:57
Prague – Representatives of the Prague CSSD and the Greens today signed a memorandum of cooperation in the autumn municipal elections. Their candidate for mayor will be former Ombudsman and Charter 77 spokeswoman Anna Šabatová. They want to focus on housing, the environment, transport or the social field. The specific program and form of the campaign will be presented by the parties at the beginning of June. They will also cooperate in some parts of the city. Candidates from both sides told the press today. Neither the CSSD nor the Greens got into the Prague City Council in the past elections in 2018.
“After a series of talks and debates between the Social Democrats and the Greens, they have come together. This is something that has made me very happy. I appreciate that when the project had clear outlines, they came to me and offered to “It’s something I trust and support,” said Sabatova. She ran for the Green in the Senate in the past.
Representatives of the CSSD and the Greens mentioned the programme’s proximity to both parties as a reason for cooperation. “Positive things are going well in the current coalition of things (at the municipality) and we are afraid of the preference when the ODS could return to power in Prague. My personal experience is that it might not be good for Prague. For example, in transport it would be great threat, “said Matěj Michalk Žaloudek (Greens), a representative of Prague 3.
In the election program, the parties focus on housing, they will want to use the legislative initiatives of Prague and submit proposals for changes in the law, which would facilitate the construction of apartments. Other areas are social services, where, according to Shabbat, active counseling is important because there are people who are entitled to a housing allowance but do not talk about it. According to the parties, transport and the environment are also important, in which they want to focus on fighting heat. They will also focus on energy. He will present a specific program in June, when he will sign a coalition agreement and then launch a campaign.
They want a double-digit result in the election. They exclude post-election cooperation with the ODS and SPD, on the contrary, they identified STAN, Pirates or Prague to themselves as potential coalition partners.
The Social Democrats and the Greens will take turns behind the candidate on behalf of Shabbat. The second will be the chairman of the CSSD of Prague 10 Miroslav Dvořák, the third Lament, the fourth Lukáš Ulrych (CSSD) and the fifth Anna Junková (Greens). So far, the Greens have only selected the first five candidates. On the contrary, the CSSD selected them all. Former Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla (ČSSD) or former ministers Tomáš Petříček (ČSSD) and Jiří Dientsbier (ČSSD) are also candidates. However, they are in ineligible positions, namely on the 28th, 38th and 18. According to Shabbat, this means that they have suppressed their egos and are a guarantee of younger candidates before them. The Greens and the CSSD have agreed that they have undergone a generational change in recent months.
Cooperation is also expanding in some parts of the city. The parties signed a similar memorandum in Prague 2. They will soon sign it in Prague 10 and it should happen in Prague 8 as well.
In the last election period, the CSSD ruled in Prague together with ANO and the Troika Coalition, of which the Greens are a part. In the elections in 2018, however, CSSD candidates received only 2.87 percent of the vote, which was not enough for them to enter the city council. The Greens received even fewer votes, providing 1.84 percent of voters.