Czech Government Loses Confidence Vote; Elections To Be Held This Summer

In the Czech Republic the Christian Democrat-Civic Democrat-Green Party coalition government fell as a “no-confidence” vote passed in the national legislature today. I recently wrote a blog post about the Czech Green Party’s troubles recently which you can find here.

Well, that means the Czech Greens are out of government for the time being. This does not bode well for the Czech Greens who are experiencing pretty intense infighting (four members were expelled; two of them were members of the lower house). It is interesting to note that those two former Green representatives voted against the government in the confidence vote.

How well will the Czech Greens do in the next election to be held this summer remains to be unseen, but it doesn’t look good in my opinion.

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  1. Jayne Lattka says:

    I was in Prague not long ago.

    I am optimistic about the Czech Green Party’s chances by summer.

    Political in fighting whether there or here, is utterly normal in all political parties, and we Greens have always taken pride in a good political struggle.

  2. Green Ferret says:

    For a more optimistic take on the Czech no-confidence vote, read British Green Dr. Richard Lawson’s post, “The Czech govt has fallen: a victory for democracy, disarmament and nonviolence” at http://greenerblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/czech-govt-has-fallen.html

    This episode shows how powerful a handful of Greens can be in a legislature, since it was two votes from the Democratic Green Party splinter group that secured the exact number of votes needed for the no-confidence motion to pass. Since those were the same Greens who left the government over its support for the US missile defense radar system, I feel like the good guys won this round.

    A similar power play happened not long ago in Scotland, when a Green parliamentary group of 2 ministers stopped its coalition partner from passing an annual budget, after the larger party had stripped out most of the funding for a free insulation scheme (a key component of the UK’s Green New Deal plan).

    Back to the Czech Republic: if the current opposition does well in the next round of national elections, it seems possible that the Democratic Green Party will enter into a coalition with the Social Democrats. That would probably be better than the current coalition of center-right parties and the Green Party led by Martin Bursik, based on what Josef said about Bursik in an earlier post:

    “You’re right, the missile defense system was one of the main causes of the split in Czech Greens. It’s been evident from the beginning, that after Bush’s departure, whole project would be canceled. In spite of this being prevalent opinion in party, chairman Martin Bursik supported the project publicly, in order to stay loyal with right-wing coalition partners.
    There were some other things – e.g. privatisation of healthcare system, social politics and, first of all, the authoritarian way Bursik secured majority in the party- he used government means he had for gaining control over party’s authorities.
    All this led to totall defeat of the Green’s in regional elections. But instead of his self-criticism, he let the critics be expelled from party…”

  3. Nebraska Left says:

    The Czech Greens should have never joined a coalition government with those right-wing (pro-Bush, Neocon, neo-McCarthyist) parties. It is great news that the right-wing regime lost the vote of confidence.

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