Czech PP Celebrates First Pirate Senator
The Czechs have their first elected Pirate Senator. Pirates worldwide will be rejoicing with PPCZ as they celebrate Libor Michálek’s success in the senatorial elections.
Famous, in his own country, as a whistle blower for exposing corruption in 1996 when he worked for the National Property Fund. In 2010 his complaints about fraudulent manipulation of procurement and tendering led to the dismissal of ministers and top officials. In March 2011, he was awarded the Endowment Fund Against Corruption Prize. In May 2011 he was awarded the František Kriegel Award from Charter 77 for the outstanding achievements in the struggle for human rights and civil liberties.
In July 2012, he announced that he would stand for the Senate in District 26 as a Pirate . He went on to win the first round with 24.3% of the votes. In the second round he was elected senator with 74.4% of the votes.
Edit: It has come to our attention that Libor Michálek was elected representing not just Pirates but a coalition of Pirates, Greens and Social Democrats.
Featured image CC-BY-SA Libor Michálek
About Andrew Reitemeyer
I am a New Zealand citizen but am currently living in Lower Saxony in Germany and a member of the Pirate Party there and active in my local chapter. I joined in April 2012 once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. By trade I am a programmer and also translate German texts into English and will mainly be active in this respect for the Pirate Times. I hope to be writing articles from time to time and will be part of the Facebook admin team. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate message around the world. Skype: frithogar