/ ANALYSIS / Boletus or Freedom? This is probably the most interesting issue of the autumn municipal elections. Not because these politicians will fight for the leadership of Prague, but because of the implications for national politics. While the Civic Democrats, who represent the deputy and former Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda, have their preferences rising, the Pirates, who currently hold the mayor’s office, are falling to the brink of eligibility. Mushroom’s loss would be a blow to their party solar plexus.
Zdeněk Hřib will try to defend the mayor’s post in Prague.
| Photo: Deník / Martin Divíšek
Four years ago, the elections in the metropolis ended with a close result, when the ODS, Pirates, Prague and the United Forces for Prague (TOP 09, STAN, KDU-ČSL) compared each other. The YES movement ended in fifth. Together with the ODS, it finally occupied the opposition benches. Fial’s team wants to prevent a similar scenario.
Svoboda therefore does not take napkins and attacks the current mayor Hřib wherever he can. “Today, Prague is at thirty percent of its potential, and each doctor has described such a patient as close to a critical condition,” he said, for example, after being elected leader.
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At the meeting with Deník, Zdeněk Hřib rejected the accusation and argued that he had argued a number of successes, such as permitting the construction of line D of the Prague metro, laying many kilometers of tram lines, repairing bridges, new parking garages and mainly dismantled housing.
However, Boletus can strongly feel that his side is not riding on the winning wave, but that of Violet. This cannot be said of TOP 09, which according to the latest survey by Kantar CZ would not reach the Chamber at all. Probably that is why she is running in the capital within the proven TOB block, so her most visible face Jiří Pospíšil has a great chance of becoming mayor’s deputy if successful.
The same can be useful in Brno, where the coalition candidate TOP 09 and Mayor Markéta V can beat Anna Putnová from TOP O9. An interesting catch is the owner of the hockey Comet Libor Zábranský, who is running in fourth place.
The YES movement still does not have a confirmed leader for Prague, it is expected to be MP Patrik Nacher. Former vice-president Radmila Kleslová will try to return to the political elite. He is a candidate both in Prague 10 and in the municipality.
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“We are in a situation where we can no longer risk and confuse political populism with city management. I am a lawyer and an energy expert. These are topics that are now affecting our lives and which I want to address, “she told Deník. Her engagement didn’t cause any uproar, so a comeback is quite likely.
On the contrary, the CSSD has a hard time getting out of the fall into the non-parliamentary sphere and experimenting. In Prague, she bet on former ombudswoman Anna Šabatová and an alliance with the Greens.