VIZE 2014

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VIZE 2014
Leader Aleš Hemer
Founded 3 May 2012
Split from Public Affairs
Headquarters Štěpánská 611/14
Nové Město, Prague 1
Ideology Liberalism,[1]
International affiliation none
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 200
Senate
0 / 81
European Parliament
0 / 22
Website
http://www.vize2014.eu
Politics of the Czech Republic
Political parties
Elections

VIZE 2014 is a political party in the Czech Republic. It was founded on 3 May 2012 by Karolína Peake after she and seven other MPs broke away from Public Affairs.[2] Previous name of the party was LIDEM.

The party supports greater individual freedom in both economic and social spheres.[3]

In September 2012, the party applied for membership of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR)[4] and was accepted on 9 November 2012.[5]

In December 2012, the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas sacked Karolína Peake as Defence Minister after only eight days in the post. He stated that he had lost confidence in her, after she had begun her ministerial appointment by sacking one of the most senior officials in the Defence Ministry. This situation created a coalition crisis, where Peake announced that all LIDEM ministers consequently would withdraw on 10 January 2013, unless a solution could be found.[6] On 8 January, LIDEM's republican council guaranteed no ministers would withdraw and the party would still support the government, if they could renegotiate a new improved coalition agreement with TOP 09 and ODS.[7]

7 August 2013, leader of LIDEM, Karolína Peake, left the Chamber of Deputies building during a ballot about confidence for Jiří Rusnok government. The remainder of the LIDEM deputies remained in building, and voted against Jiří Rusnok government. The next day, 8 August 2013, Karolína Peake announced her resignation as LIDEM leader.[8]

Elected representatives[edit]

As per May 2012, the LIDEM parliamentary group included eight members of the 200-member Chamber of Deputies.[9] Among these eight members, Martin Vacek and Radim Vysloužil however never were members of the LIDEM party itself, but just collaborated with them as independents, to form a stronger coalition group of mutual interests. The following six MPs, were both members of the LIDEM parliamentary group and LIDEM party:

By the end of April 2013, Jana Suchá did not pay her membership fee for "next year". The party announced on 4 August 2013, that despite this, they considered that "[she]...remained a part of the party's parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies, until the next election".[10] On 4 August 2013, it was also reported that the LIDEM parliamentary group still counted all original eight members, as the three independents (non-party members) committed themselves to vote along with the LIDEM party group in the Chamber of Deputies.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Czech PM under threat after failed vote to hike taxes, Reuters, 5 September 2012, retrieved 13 October 2012 
  2. ^ "Party around Czech deputy pm Peake to be called LIDEM". 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Velinger, Jan (8 June 2012). "News". Radio Prague. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Peake's LIDEM party unveils logo, Prague Daily Monitor, 19 September 2012 
  5. ^ http://www.eldr.eu/en/news/eldr-family-grows-council-welcomes-new-member-parties
  6. ^ "Czech LIDEM leader against cabinet leaning on Dobes's group". Financni Noviny. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "LIDEM to stay in government, leaving aside the order of Ministers" (in Czech). Denik.cz. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.novinky.cz/domaci/309972-mam-uz-vseho-po-krk-rika-rezignovane-peake.html
  9. ^ "Věci veřejné vyhodily z poslaneckého klubu Bártu a 7 přeběhlíků [Public Affairs ejected from the group: Bártu and 7 defectors]" (in Czech). tn.cz. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Suchá skončila v LIDEM, nezaplatila příspěvky" (in Czech). Novinky.cz. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jana Suchá left LIDEM, the party has only five members" (in Czech). Lidovky.cz. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

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