Czech PP Celebrates First Pirate Senator

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. (Czech) (Czech)

Featured image CC-BY-SA Libor Michálek