Democratic Bloc (Czech Republic)

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Democratic Bloc

Demokratický blok
Leader Petr Fiala [1]
Founded2017
Dissolved2017
Ideology Liberal democracy
Political position Centre-right
Coalition Partners ODS
KDU–ČSL
TOP 09
STAN
Chamber of Deputies
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Democratic Bloc was a parliamentary alliance formed in 2017 by four Centre-right parties. Parties agreed to cooperate in parliament. [2] [3] Czech Pirate Party and Czech Social Democratic Party were also offered participation but both parties declined. [4] It was announced on 15 November 2017 on a Press Conference by Petr Fiala. [5] Fiala stated that Democratic Bloc isn't meant to be a long term coalition but its only task is to take over initiative during negotiations of parliament's body and for constituent meeting. [6] Democratic Bloc was dissolved on 21 December 2017. [7]

Formation

Formation of the alliance was announced on 15 November 2017 by leader of the Civic Democratic Party Petr Fiala. Parties agreed to cooperate during the upcoming formation of the new Chamber of Deputies. [3] Czech Pirate Party declined to participate. Freedom and Direct Democracy attacked Democratic Bloc and started to negotiate cooperation with Pirate Party. [8] Czech Social Democratic Party also declined to participate. [9] Babiš stated that the Bloc is to defend a system that existed in the Czech Republic for 25 years. [10]

Footnotes

  1. "Pravice se spojila do Demokratického bloku a kritizuje ANO, že selhává ve vyjednávání". Novinky.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. televize, Česká. "ODS, TOP 09, lidovci a STAN ve sněmovně vytvoří Demokratický blok". ČT24 (in Czech). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. 1 2 "ODS, TOP 09, KDU-ČSL a STAN půjdou společně. Vést Sněmovnu Fiala nechce". iDNES.cz. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. "Středopravé strany utvořily Demokratický blok. Nepodpoříme projekt Babiše a Zemana, říká Kalousek". Aktuálně.cz - Víte, co se právě děje (in Czech). 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  5. "Záchrana demokracie? Kalousek, ODS, lidovci a Starostové se sjednotili proti Babišovi, Zemanovi a Okamurovi". Parlamentní Listy. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  6. "Petr Fiala: Proč jsme vytvořili Demokratický blok? Nebudeme nečinně přihlížet tomu, jak ANO netransparentně jedná-nejedná – ODS – Občanská demokratická strana". Občanská demokratická strana (in Czech). Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  7. "Premiér Babiš má hned dvě koalice, ODS k vládě nepotřebuje, říká Fiala". iDNES.cz. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  8. "Demokratický blok? Okamura už prská: Kalouskovi nevěřím ani slovo". EuroZprávy.cz. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  9. ČTK, Echo24 (15 November 2017). "Piráti ani ČSSD do "demokratického bloku" nevstoupí. S díky odmítli". Echo24.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  10. "Systém, který tu fungoval 25 let, se brání, vnímá Babiš blok čtyř stran". iDNES.cz. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.

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