Update: 03/10/2022 00:42
Issued by: 03/10/2022, 00:42
Prague – The negotiation team of the Prague coalition Spolu (ODS, TOP 09, KDU-ČSL) will meet with the Pirates for the second time today at 15:00. They will discuss possible cooperation in the management of the capital city. They met for the first time in a bilateral meeting a week ago when they failed to reach an agreement. Spolu representatives have repeatedly declared that they are interested in a government-style coalition.
According to the previous statement, the pirates insist that they will not sit down with criminally prosecuted persons in any case. This can mean complications, because Prague’s KDU-ČSL leader Jan Wolf, who succeeded in the fourth place of the Spolu candidate, is facing indictment due to the case of sports subsidies at the municipality. Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) also later stated on Twitter that the Pirates are also able to have council members devote themselves to the position full-time. Leader Spolu and candidate for mayor Bohuslav Svoboda wants to remain an MP and continue working as a doctor.
Svoboda said after the last meeting with the Pirates that he refused to open negotiations with any conditions. He did not want to predict what would happen if the Pirates did not change their approach. Spolu representatives also met with the STAN team last Thursday, to whom I confirmed that they are interested in negotiating a coalition, but they have not yet concluded a concrete agreement.
The winning coalition Spolu won 19 mandates in the 65-member Prague council in the elections. ANO finished second with 14 mandates and Pirates third with 13 representatives. Prague Sobě has 11 mandates, five seats were occupied by the STAN movement and the sixth is the SPD with three mandates.