Czech successfully voted out the Communist Party out of the Parliament

  • Translation and commentary: Jenny Ball
  • Editor: peacelv
On October 9, 2021, after the announcement of the preliminary results of the Czech general elections, Czech Prime Minister and ANO leader Andrei. Andrej Babis delivered a speech at a press conference held at the party’s election headquarters in Prague. (Photo by Joe Klamar / AFP)

For the first time since 1948, on Saturday (October 9) Czech successfully used votes to drive the Communist Party out of the Parliament. This is the first time since the end of the WW2.

The Communist Party ruled the Czech Republic from 1948 until the Velvet Revolution or Gentle Revolution in 1989 that ushered in democracy. Although the Communist Party is no longer the ruling party, it still holds a seat in the parliament.

The Communist Party put tens of thousands of Czechs in forced labour camps in the 1950s and brutally suppressed dissidents, such as playwrights and dissident leaders, and later president Vaclav Havel.

The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and Moravia (Bohemia and Moravia, referred to as “Communist Czechoslovakia”) is the direct successor of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, one of the Marxist-Leninist parties.

In this week’s election, Communist Czechoslovakia won only 3.62% of the votes in almost all electoral districts, which is less than the 5% gate required to enter the parliament. Reuters reported that this may mark the final chapter of a party that has gradually shrunk as its members age and decline.

69-year-old Jiri Gruntorad told Reuters: “I am very happy, I am very happy, it (this result) came too late.”

He is a dissident who signed the “Charter 77” statement and was imprisoned by the Communist Party for subversion from 1981 to 1985.

“Except for the Communist Party of China(CCP) and Cuba, it (the Czech Republic) is one of the last parties in the world to retain the name of the Communist Party. The other parties have at least been renamed and started to act in different ways,” he said.

After 1989, the Czech Republic tried to attract the elderly and Czech workers, but they never resonated with young voters and failed to shake the party’s history as a totalitarian ruler that stifles freedom.

Vojtech Filip, the leader of Communist Czechoslovakia, said after the election results: “I am very disappointed because it is indeed a big failure.” He then announced his resignation.

Brief history summary of Communist Czechoslovakia:

On December 29, 1989, the playwright Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia, marking the complete collapse of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

Although the people called for the banning of the Czech Communist Party at the time, Havel did not take relevant measures. He believed that with the passage of time the Communist Party would disappear from the political arena. During his tenure as President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003, he refused to discuss national affairs with the leader of the Communist Czechoslovakia.

However, the attitude of the 2nd president Vaclav Klaus and the 3rd president Milo Zeman towards Communist Czechoslovakia was completely different from that of Havel. They created conditions for the Communist Czechoslovakia to participate in politics.

In 2018, the Communist Czechoslovakia and other parties formed by former party members formed a minority government and regained influence.

This is the party’s closest approach to power since 1989, but it is also their last act as a political force in this former Soviet bloc.

The 74-year-old Hana Palcova said: “I am glad that this era is now over- it’s not only for those of us who are still alive, but also for those who have passed away and those who are persecuted by the regime.”

Czech opposition party wins in parliamentary elections

The opposition party won the parliamentary election and is expected to form a new coalition government.

According to the election results announced by the Czech Republic, the center-right opposition party “Together” defeated the ANO party led by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis in the parliamentary elections held on Saturday (October 9).

Statistics from Czech TV show that “Together” and another liberal opposition party “Pirates/Mayors” will win a total of 108 seats out of the 200 seats in the House of Commons, giving these two opposition parties a chance to form a majority the coalition government replaces the ruling coalition led by Babis.

The 98.3% voting statistics that have been announced show that “Together” got 27.49% , “Dissatisfied Citizens Action” got 27.39%  and “Pirates/Mayors” got 15.39%.

Ivan Bartos, leader of “Pirates/Mayors” said, “The Democratic Opposition will gain a majority, which means the end of Babis’ rule.” “We may start negotiations with another coalition tonight on the possibility of forming a future government.”

The 67-year-old Babis faces criticisms of unfavorable handling of the CCP virus epidemic, rapid rise in debt due to the payment of benefits, and public seeking for personal gain. Babis denies these allegations.

President Zeman said that if “Dissatisfied Citizen Action” gets the most votes, he will let Babis first try to form a coalition government.

But Babis will not be able to form a majority government if “Together” and “Pirates/Mayors” won’t cooperate with “Dissatisfied Citizens Action”.

Commentary: I agree with Jiri Gruntorad that ‘I am very happy, it (this result) came too late.”’! Yet if the CCP still exists as a legal government for one more day, the disaster will go worse every single day! CCP won’t be content with killing millions with its created and released virus and vaccines, it will try all means until reaching its ambitious to control the entire world.

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