Morning News: Monday, January 23, 2023

  • Retired general Petr Pavel held a 15 percentage point lead over billionaire ex-premier Andrej Babiš heading into the January 27-28 Czech presidential run-off vote, a Czech Television poll showed on Saturday.

 

  • Czech President Milos Zeman asked PM Petr Fiala to co-sign a legal order last summer to prevent the launch of prosecutions in two cases related to Zeman’s closest allies. However, Fiala refused to sign it, according to reports by Denik N today, citing eight reliable sources.

 

  • Rents and house prices in the EU continued to increase in the third quarter of 2022, by 2.1% and 7.4% respectively, compared with the third quarter of 2021, according to data published by Eurostat on 10 January.

 

  • Hundreds of people gathered in the centre of Prague on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against the current government. Speakers demanded the resignation of the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Petr Fiala and advised the participants not to vote for Petr Pavel in the second round of elections to the presidency.

 

  • The wife of presidential candidate and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš has received an envelope with a bullet and an anonymous note full of insults, Mr. Babiš announced at a press conference on Saturday. Mr. Babiš said he had contacted the police, who started to investigate the matter.

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