Andrej Babiš' Second Cabinet

Second Cabinet of Andrej Babiš

23rd cabinet of the Czech Republic
Incumbent
Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister
Date formed 27 June 2018
People and organisations
Head of state Miloš Zeman
Head of government Andrej Babiš
Deputy head of government Jan Hamáček
Richard Brabec
No. of ministers 14
Total no. of ministers 15
Member parties ANO (10 ministers)
ČSSD (4 + 1 ministers)
Status in legislature Minority coalition:
93 / 200

Supported by:
15 / 200
Opposition parties Opposition:
92 / 200
History
Election(s) Czech legislative election, 2017
Predecessor Andrej Babiš' First Cabinet

Andrej Babiš' second Cabinet is a centre-left minority coalition government, consisting of ANO 2011, a centrist populist political movement, and the centre-left Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) with external support from the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM).[1][2] The head of government is Andrej Babiš, leader of ANO.

The cabinet was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on 12 July 2018 with a 105-91 vote.[3]

Government formation

The cabinet consists of two coalition parties. ANO, the senior coalition partner in the government, has 10 ministers (including Prime Minister). The Social Democrats have four ministers and hold five ministries, due to the refusal of Czech President Miloš Zeman to appoint Miroslav Poche, the party's nominee for Foreign Minister. Jan Hamáček was appointed as temporary Foreign Minister.[4]

The coalition holds 93 seats in the Chamber of Deputies, eight seats short of a simple majority of 101 seats. The coalition therefore requires the support of another party to provide confidence and supply. KSČM agreed to support the minority government in exchange for cabinet support for several of their demands. With KSČM support, the government controls a majority of 108 seats.

The cabinet was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on 12 July 2018 with a 105-91 vote.[5] During the debate, deputies from TOP 09 left the Chamber in protest (they later returned to vote against the government) while some deputies from the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party unfurled a soviet flag to protest against the government being supported by the Communist Party. Protests also took place in the streets of Prague against the role of the Communists in the government.

Resignations over plagiarism

Shortly after the formation of the cabinet, two ministers – Taťána Malá of ANO and Petr Krčál of ČSSD – resigned after being accused of plagiarism in their bachelor theses.[6]

On July 24, 2018, another minister, Lubomír Metnar (Independent for ANO) also came under suspicion of plagiarism in his diploma thesis. [7]

Cabinet members

Portfolio Minister Party Office
Took Left
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš ANO 6 June 2018 Incumbent
First Deputy PM
Minister of Interior
Jan Hamáček ČSSD 27 June 2018 Incumbent
Minister of Foreign Affairs (acting)
Deputy PM
Minister of the Environment
Richard Brabec ANO 27 June 2018[note 1] Incumbent
Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová Ind. for ANO 27 June 2018[note 2] Incumbent
Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch Ind. for ANO 27 June 2018[note 2] Incumbent
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Petr Krčál ČSSD 27 June 2018 18 July 2018[8]
Jana Maláčová 30 July 2018[9] Incumbent
Minister of Industry and Trade Marta Nováková ANO 27 June 2018 Incumbent
Minister of Justice Taťána Malá ANO 27 June 2018 10 July 2018[10]
Jan Kněžínek Ind. for ANO 10 July 2018[11] Incumbent
Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Robert Plaga ANO 27 June 2018[note 2] Incumbent
Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar Ind. for ANO 27 June 2018 Incumbent
Minister of Transport Dan Ťok Ind. for ANO 27 June 2018[note 3] Incumbent
Minister for Regional Development Klára Dostálová Ind. for ANO 27 June 2018[note 2] Incumbent
Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Toman Ind. for ČSSD 27 June 2018 Incumbent
Minister of Culture Antonín Staněk ČSSD 27 June 2018 Incumbent

Government legitimacy

Legitimacy of the government according to popular vote.

Member party Popular vote Percentage MPs Ministers Leader
ANO 1,500,113 29.64% 78 10 Andrej Babiš
ČSSD 368,347 7.27% 15 4 + 1 Jan Hamáček
Government 1,868,460 36.91% 93 14 + 1 Andrej Babiš
KSČM 393,100 7.76% 15 0 Vojtěch Filip
Govt. & support 2,261,560 44.67% 108 14 + 1 Andrej Babiš
Czech Republic 5,091,065 100% 200

Motion of confidence

Motion of confidence
Andrej Babiš (ANO)
Ballot → 11 July 2018
Required majority → 99 out of 196 (simple)
105 / 200
91 / 200
Abstentions
0 / 200
4 / 200
Sources: [12]


Notes

  1. since 29 January 2014 as Minister of the Environment within Bohuslav Sobotka's Cabinet and Andrej Babiš' First Cabinet, since 24 May 2017 as Deputy PM within Bohuslav Sobotka's Cabinet and Andrej Babiš' First Cabinet
  2. 1 2 3 4 since 13 December 2017 within Andrej Babiš' First Cabinet
  3. since 4 December 2014 within Bohuslav Sobotka's Cabinet and Andrej Babiš' First Cabinet

References

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