Illustrative photo – Meeting of the regional club of representatives of the ANO movement, March 6, 2023, Ostrava. Regional office building.
Ostrava – Moravian-Silesian representatives today, as expected, did not deal with the possible dismissal of regional governor Ivo Vondrák (elected for ANO), who left the movement in February. He was reacting to the situation he faced after he openly supported the candidate Petr Pavlo in the second round of the presidential election at the expense of the head of the movement Andrej Babiš.
“The assembly took place according to the prepared program. There were no other points that might concern me,” Vondrák told journalists after the end of the assembly meeting. The possible removal of Vondrák from his position should not even have been discussed today. He continues to have the support of the regional club of representatives of ANO.
Vondrák announced his departure from ANO on February 24. Today, he led the council for the first time as the governor, who is no longer a member of ANO. He has been the governor since 2016. The next regional elections will be held next year.
On the day Vondrák announced his departure from ANO, the movement's regional presidency was supposed to deal with the national presidency's proposal to expel him. Vondrák said at the time that he would like to stay in the position of governor until the end of his term of office. He stated at the time that he felt the support of the representatives.
Vondrák is a long-term critic of the conditions in the movement and in the presidential election he did not vote for the chairman of ANO Babiš, but for his opponent Pavel. Last month, Ostrava mayor Tomáš Macura or his deputy for investments Zuzana Bajgarová, who were also critics of the movement and supported Pavel in the presidential election, left the ANO movement. Macura subsequently announced that he would leave the position of mayor of the regional capital within six months.