Realists (political party)

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Realists
Realisté
Abbreviation REAL
Secretary Michal Moroz
Jiří Hynek
Mentor Petr Robejšek
Founded 15 December 2016 (2016-12-15)
Think tank Institute 2080
Ideology National conservatism[1]
Liberal conservatism[2]
Economic liberalism[3]
Euroscepticism
Political position Right-wing
Colours Blue
Chamber of Deputies
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Website
http://www.realiste.cz/

Realists (Czech: Realisté) is a conservative party based in the Czech Republic. It was founded by Petr Robejšek in November 2016.[4] Other members include Pavel Kohout, Antonín Fryč and Jiří Horecký. Robejšek stated that the party aims to succeed in the 2017 legislative election.[5] The party said that it will defend Czech national interests and govern according to the Pareto principle.[6]

History[edit]

The party was established on 24 November 2016. Petr Robejšek took the title of "mentor", because the new leader was to be elected in 2016. The Realists criticised ANO 2011, which they called a "left leaning" party.[7] The Realists were founded in response to Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election in the United States. The party is ideologically close to the Civic Democratic Party and Dawn - National Coalition.[8] The Realists registered as an official party in December 2016 as Party of Regions but changed its name to the Realists soon afterwards.[9]

The Realists launched their campaign for the 2017 elections on 14 February 2017. Robejšek said that he hoped to win 20% of votes in the election.[10]

Martin Lank, who was elected as a member of Dawn of Direct Democracy, joined the Realists on 25 May 2017.[11] Robejšek stated that the party was prepared to accept other MPs if they decided to join the party and shared its views.[12] Another MP from Dawn, Jana Hnyková, joined the Realists on 5 September 2017.[13]

On 21 August 2017, the Realists announced Jiří Hynek as their presidential candidate in the 2018 election.

The Realists received 0.7% of votes in the 2017 legislative election, failing to reach the 5% electoral threshold.[14] Party leaders refused to describe the result as a defeat, and Jiří Hynek stated that the Realists should prepare for the next election.[15]

Election results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election Leader Votes Seats Role
# % Rank # ±
2017 Petr Robejšek 35,995 0.71 13th
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Presidential[edit]

Election Candidate First round result Second round result
Votes %Votes Result Votes %Votes Result
2018 Jiří Hynek 63,348 1.23 7th place

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Politolog Robejšek založil konzervativní stranu Realisté. Ve volbách chce získat 20 procent hlasů". Aktuálně.cz - Víte co se právě děje. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Realisté představili posilu. Jako lídr Parbubického kraje přišel Alexander Tomský". Parlamentní Listy. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. ^ Vilímová, Tereza (24 November 2016). "Robejšek: Proti ANO se nevymezujeme. Nabízíme novou formu vládnutí - Echo24.cz" (in Czech). Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Politolog Robejšek zakládá stranu. Ve volbách chce 20 procent". Deník.cz. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Robejšek oznámil vznik Realistů, chce se obětovat pro blaho národa". Novinky.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Kritik EU politolog Robejšek zakládá novou stranu. Realisté - Echo24.cz". Echo24 (in Czech). 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Robejšek má novou stranu. Chce chránit české lidi a český prostor". iDNES.cz. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Vzniká nová politická strana Realisté, oznámil politolog Robejšek. "Chtějí lovit ve vodách Úsvitu a ODS," komentuje analytička Bastlová". Rozhlas.cz. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Žádní Realisté, Robejškovo uskupení se oficiálně jmenuje Strana regionů". Lidovky.cz. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Robejšek odstartoval kampaň, chce získat dvacet procent hlasů". Novinky.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Robejškovi Realisté mají prvního poslance. Sebrali ho Úsvitu". www.seznam.cz. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Robejšek pro Impuls: Realisté přijmou i další přeběhlíky, ale ne všechny". iDNES.cz. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Kandidátku Realistů v Libereckém kraji povede poslankyně Jana Hnyková". Parlamentní Listy. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Kdo pohořel? Zelení se do Sněmovny nedostali, neuspěli ani Realisté a Svobodní". EuroZprávy.cz. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  15. ^ Kreč, Luboš (21 October 2017). "Miliardáři kromě Babiše těžce narazili - neuspěli ani Realisté podporovaní spolumajitelem Penty, ani ODA developera Sehnala". Hospodářské noviny (in Czech). Retrieved 3 November 2017.

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