Czech Republic: Local Romani candidates not on executive, but do chair committee
The "Together for Trmice" (Společně pro Trmice) movement, which scored a significant success in the local elections in the town of Trmice (Ústí Region), will now be in opposition as a result of post-electoral negotiations there. Representatives of the movement will sit on the town's Audit Committee and will chair it.
The movement, which features significant Romani representation, won three seats on the 15-member council and ended up in second place overall. "After the elections, we agreed with the Association of Independents (Sdružení nestraníků) to reach out to the mayor with an offer of collaboration and support. It was our wish to put together a constructive, firm, and stable government for the town of Trmice for the next four years that would reflect the electoral results and the wishes of the citizens," Marcel Cichý of "Together for Trmice" told news server Romea.cz.
"During the initial negotiations it was clear that the mayor wanted to form a government with the same people she worked with during the previous four years. Today we know that the composition of the local government has remained almost exactly the same as it was after the last elections," he said.
"We did not create a classic coalition, but the government will include the Mayors and Independents (Starostové a nezávislí - SN), the Trmicers for Trmice Association (Sdružení trmičáci pro Trmice), the Party of Health, Sports and Prosperity (Sdružení trmičáci pro Trmice) and one seat for the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD)," the re-elected Mayor of Trmice, Jana Oubrechtová (SN), told Czech Radio.
The Vice-Mayor is, once again, Michal Žalud (SN). Romani councilors in Trmice will have a representative heading the Audit Committee.
"We told the mayor several times that if none of our representatives were to be included in the local government, we were willing and able to lead the Audit Committee. The mayor promised us that unlike the previous term, the Audit Committee will now be entrusted to the opposition," Cichý told Romea.cz.
Cichý was elected to head the Audit Committee during the first session of the new council. In addition to two representatives of ČSSD, the other committee members are also from opposition parties.
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