The broader KSČM leadership considers the declaration of a state of emergency to be unconstitutional


Updates: 16.02.2021 17:35

Prague – The communists consider Sunday’s declaration of a state of emergency by the government in agreement with the regions to be unconstitutional. The broader KSČM leadership agreed on it today, KSCM spokeswoman Helena Grofová informed ČTK about it. According to MP Miloslava Vostré, the Communists will join the initiative to include a debate on this at a meeting of the Chamber of Deputies this week. An attempt to call an extraordinary meeting to lift the state of emergency was announced by the opposition SPD. It needs 40 parliamentary signatures, the movement club has 19 members. According to Vostrá, even with 15 communist votes, the SPD would not put the necessary number together.

“However, it can be included as an item on the convened meeting. In that case, we will of course support the inclusion of that item,” Vostrá told ČTK. The new state of emergency has lasted since Monday, the government declared it at the request of the governors after the Chamber of Deputies did not agree with the extension of the current state of emergency.

To date, the Constitutional Court (CC) has received the first two proposals to lift the new state of emergency. Citizens filed them, in one case together with a hospitality company, ČTK found out today from an overview of so-called plenary cases on the court’s website.

Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková, a member of the opposition Tricolor, is looking for support for her initiative. According to her, the cabinet circumvents the will of the House. At least 25 MEPs need to be signed to submit a complaint, which also covers school closures, business restrictions and how to prolong an emergency. The tricolor has three deputies.

The chairman of the Senate, Miloš Vystrčil (ODS), spoke about the initiative to the CC this weekend. He then stated that he would wait for the complaint for now, he would see how the House would proceed. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES) claims that, according to the government’s analysis, the procedure is in accordance with the constitution. Deputy Prime Minister Jan Hamáček (CSSD) is also convinced of the constitutionality of the new state of emergency, but many legal experts have the opposite opinion.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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