Czech press survey
Prague, Jan 2 (CTK) – It seemed during the past year that Iran was successful with its power games but the unexpected wave of mass protests reminds of the weak points of the Iranian regime that would like to play a dominant role in the Middle East, Michal Mocek writes in daily Pravo today.
The defeat of the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq is definitely a victory of Iran, Mocek says.
The clash between the states of the Persian Gulf, due to which Qatar must more rely on Turkey and Iran is a triumph of Iran, too, he says.
Iran joined forces with Russia and Turkey in their effort to decide on the developments in the Middle East, Mocek writes.
But all these successes of the Iranian government may be lost in face of the wave of civic unrest, he writes.
ANO leader Andrej Babis formed a Czech cabinet without other parties and only with help from President Milos Zeman because he wants to not only rule the country but also control all within his reach, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes elsewhere in Pravo.
It is no surprise that Babis wants to make secret how ministers of his cabinet voted in individual government decisions, Mitrofanov says.
Babis also wants to decide himself on who will be invited to attend the cabinet meetings apart from ministers and he wants to cancel the rule that press releases informed about all government resolutions, Mitrofanov writes.
This is no surprise since Babis controls everything in the ANO movement, including the names of ANO candidates running in elections. Now he is going to introduce his system of uncontrolled rule in the government, Mitrofanov writes.
The computerisation of the Czech civil service started in 2005 with the Czechpoint system, but then it stopped for 13 years, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
An electronic identity card will begin to be used this year, he says.
Czech interior ministers focused merely on the salaries of police officers and high walls in centres for refugees and they did not care whether the state is open to citizens or not, Kambersky writes.
Let’s hope that the Pirates who entered parliament for the first time would help get most of the state administration online, he says.
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