On Thursday, the Czech government will face a vote of no confidence. The members of the Spolu coalition (ODS, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09), and the Pirates and STAN coalition handed over the necessary number of signatures to the chairman of the lower house to convene the special meeting.
However, President Miloš Zeman said several times that even if the government loses confidence, the minority cabinet of ANO and ČSSD (Social Democratic Party) will stay until the October elections.
If KSČM (Communist Party) decides to no longer support the government, the possibility of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš losing the no-confidence vote would be real.
Among the reasons behind their motion, representatives of the opposition parties claim Babiš has various conflicts of interest, poor management of the coronavirus pandemic, and inability to secure unequivocal support from allies in the Vrbětice case. According to STAN (Mayors and Independents) chairman Vít Rakušan, the government forces people to abide by strict measures, but it fails to hold itself to the same standard.
If the government loses the vote, the chairman of Pirates, Ivan Bartoš, proposes representatives of all parties to negotiate with President Zeman about the further functioning of the lower house.
Title image: The Spolu (Together) coalition, which is one of the initiators of the vote (SPOLU / Facebook)