Power battle at Prague city hall reflects poorly on ANO
Prague’s mayor Adriana Krnáčová appears to have clung onto power for the moment after a tumultuous week or two in politics at Prague city hall. Key parties within the ruling coalition have fallen out and top members of the mayor’s own party, ANO, passed a motion of no support for her. The dramatic events have reflected pretty poorly on the ANO party nationally.
Krnáčová, the first woman to be Prague mayor, had over the last fortnight been fighting a bitter battle within the three-way coalition that governs the Czech capital. Her opponent has been none other than the Green Party deputy mayor Matěj Stropnický, ironically the son of the ANO party’s minister of defence.
Martin Veselý is a member of the NGO Prague Watch which keeps a close eye on developments at Prague city hall and the capital’s local councils. He says the latest series of events show how fragile the city coalition really is and he gives little chance of it continuing for long.
“The first question is if this is really a coalition because the case of the building regulations shows how unstable the coalition is. The ANO movement, which is itself unstable, expresses doubts about its own city mayor, Mrs. Krnáčová, and prepares an act with the Social Democrats without informing the third coalition party, the three-way coalition. The so-called city mayor’s version of the building regulations is produced under the table and it is a mockery, I would say, of solid political culture. Maybe it is not something that is illegal but I would say that it is something that is politically sad. I am not sure if this coalition can survive. I would say that it is quite improbable.“