Kubera is the new chairman of the Senate
After elected senators, Kuber repeatedly stressed that the protection of freedom, democracy and constitution would be of paramount importance to the Senate. He promised to try to persuade them, according to his candidacy, to turn the politician into a public official, just like his predecessor Milan Štěh (CSSD) turned into a trade union.
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It also intends to make sure that the Senate is not a "poorer member of Parliament". The new chairman of the Senate also hopes that in the next two years he will not start the head of the upper house. "I want to be the Senate chairman for six years," said Kuber, who this year defended his Senate powers for the next six years.
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"It would be absolutely necessary to inform the President of the Senate with the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House of Deputies," he said in a speech in the nomination. In order to improve the Senate's position, Kuber wants to travel to separate districts to support senators regardless of their political affiliation.
Former Senate chairman, Milan Stec, is not worried about major changes in the direction of the upper chamber. "In order to fulfill his mandate, the president must base himself on the decisions of the Senate authorities and submit opinions that are in line with the Senate's prevailing opinion. If he only shows his private views, there will be some problems sooner or later," he said. It also expects the Senate to maintain its constitution and rule of law.
The election of the new Senate chairman was the most watched at the first post-election meeting. None of the factions had a convincing majority in the Senate, so the chairman came from the second round, where Kuber and Hamplemm developed.
For the first time in two decades, the senators had three candidates in the first round. The 18-member civilian Democrats nominated Jaroslav Kuber (ODS), who received 35 votes in the first secret ballot. His voice was publicly promised by YES representatives and the Social Democrats. In the second round, he supported 46 senators and became the new chair of the high chamber.
STAN Vice President Jan Hornick nominated STAROSTE, the same star, who received 18 votes in the first round and did not submit anything yet. Hampla, nominated by the KDU-ČSL Fifteen Club, elected 22 senators in the first round. In the second round, only 24 upper camera members were supported.
Hoping to vote for Cuber was not happy
Hampla was surprised that Kubero was so badly lost. "It would be difficult to achieve this result if a significant proportion of the Mother and the Independent Club trusted it. What I have to admit is a surprise to me because my candidacy arose in a joint debate with the mayors," he said.
In response to Mr Kuber's election, he said he did not make sense. He is worried about his attitude towards the European Union. "For the Czech Republic, for its policy at this time, I believe it is extremely important, our strong international fund, especially for the European Union. And here I feel more sarcastic attitude from Yaroslav Kuber," he added.
According to Hornick, members of STAN Club had a free ballot in the second round. At the same time, he said that Cuber might not be a bad chairman. "Milan Štěch and Přemek Sobotka will not be easy, but I have the impression that he has learned a lot in these years, worked with them, knowing how the Senate had led him to represent him externally," he added.
The opposition now has most in the upper chamber. All three candidates in their nominations agreed that the Senate should first protect the constitutional values and observe the clarity and clarity of the adopted laws.
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"It is important that the Senate may have more than ever said a clear word if one of the other political actors violates some of the constitutional principles," Hampls said. In his speech, he also stressed the preparations for the Czech Euro-Atlantic link and EU presidency in 2022.
Hornik highlighted the need for understandable laws. Involving the law may be deliberate because it provides endless work for lawyers and consulting firms. Senate should have a separate upper camera. "We must not expose external pressure from party secretariats and potential higher interests," said STAN Vice-President and Mayor Bozi Dares.
The Senate has five Vice-Presidents
At its first meeting, the Senate elected Vice Presidents, which is again five years after ten years, all the more so because they wanted to maintain the principle of proportionate representation. In the upper chamber, only two of the weakest clubs are represented, namely the seven-member faction YES and the club of six-member Liberal Democrats – Senator 21.
In the first round, five successors succeeded in reaching Senate Vice President Milano Stec (CSSD), Senate Deputy Chief Milwaukee Horsk of the KDU-ČSL Club, Jirí Oberfalzer of the ODS, Jiří Růžička of the Starostů Club and Vice-President STAN, and the unsuccessful candidate, Jan Horník.
Štěh received the most votes secretly, but 74 out of 80 transferred. Oberfalzer received 71 votes, Horská 66, Růžička 63 and Horník 56. Ivo Bareka (CSSD), who was elected Chairman of the Committee on Mandate and Immunity, was not represented by the Vice-President of the Senate.
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