Czech Republic: the pirate of Prague in search of a second term

The citizens of Prague go to the polls on September 23 and 24. At the head of the city since 2018, Mayor Zdenek Hrib, a member of the Pirate Party, defends his record. But in a context of energy and social crisis, the municipal elections could well serve as a referendum and capsize Captain Hrib’s ship.

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VSerious face, salt-and-pepper hair, sparse beard, Zdeněk Hřib looks more like a friendly doctor than Rackham the Red. And yet, it was under the black banner of the Czech Pirate Party that this general practitioner was elected mayor of Prague in 2018.

Transport, infrastructure, transparency, housing: the young 37-year-old mayor wanted to make a more liberal, ecological and social turn. After a term marked by the storms of the pandemic and Ukrainian refugees, citizens will give their verdict on the captain’s record on September 23 and 24 during municipal elections.

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