Babis’s New Cabinet Wins Confidence Vote

Andrej Babiš

Prague, July 12 (CTK) – Andrej Babis’s minority government of his ANO and the Social Democrats (CSSD) won confidence of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Czech parliament, as the Communists (KSCM) supported it today.


The Czech Republic has a full-fledged government after more than eight months since the last October general election.


Deputies for the other six parties in parliament voted against the government.


The cabinet was supported by 105 votes in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies, while 91 MPs for the Civic Democrats (ODS), Pirates, Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD), Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), TOP 09 and Mayors and Independents (STAN) voted against it.


Four MPs did not attend the confidence vote.


Milan Chovanec (CSSD) excused himself from the lower house session citing the reasons of conscience. Besides, the government coalition lacked the vote of Jiri Masek (ANO), who is in Australia and could not come for family reasons.


Communist MP Zdenek Ondracek, who resigned as head of the lower house commission supervising the GIBS police inspection after Babis backed a plan to have him dismissed earlier this year, did not attend the vote of confidence either.


Out of the opposition camp, only Petr Pavek (STAN) was absent.