Order of the Nation (political party)

Order of the Nation
Řád národa
Leader Josef Zickler
Founded 3 May 2012
Split from Public Affairs
Headquarters Štěpánská 14, Prague
Ideology National conservatism
Political position Right-wing
National affiliation Alliance for the Future
European affiliation none
formerly ELDR[2]
Slogan "Národ, rodina, práce"
(Nation, Family, Labour)
Chamber of Deputies
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European Parliament
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Order of the Nation, previously known as LIDEM, is a political party in the Czech Republic, formed in 2012 as a breakaway party from Public Affairs (VV). The party supports greater individual freedom in economic and social spheres.[3]


On 22 April 2012, the governing coalition of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and TOP 09 dissolved their coalition with VV due to corruption accusations against the party leadership (especially Vít Bárta), raising the possibility that early elections would be held in June 2012.[4] However, shortly afterwards VV Deputy Karolína Peake led a breakaway faction of herself and seven other VV deputies who replaced VV in the coalition with ODS and TOP 09. The revised coalition controlled 100 seats (ODS=51, TOP09=41, LIDEM=8), and won a subsequent vote of confidence on 27 April 2012 by 105 to 93 votes, with additional support from some independent MPs.[5][6] The new party was launched as LIDEM on 3 May 2012.[7]

In September 2012, the party applied for membership of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR),[8] and was accepted on 9 November 2012.[9]

In December 2012, the Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas sacked Karolína Peake as Defence Minister after only eight days in the post. He stated that he had lost confidence in her after she had begun her ministerial appointment by sacking one of the most senior officials in the Defence Ministry. This situation created a coalition crisis, as Peake announced that all LIDEM ministers consequently would withdraw on 10 January 2013, unless a solution could be found.[10] On 8 January, LIDEM's republican council guaranteed no ministers would withdraw and the party would still support the government, as long as they could renegotiate a new improved coalition agreement with TOP 09 and ODS.[11]

On 7 August 2013, party leader Peake left the Chamber of Deputies building during a vote of confidence for the Jiří Rusnok government. The remainder of the LIDEM deputies remained in the building and voted against government. The next day, 8 August 2013, Karolína Peake announced her resignation as LIDEM leader.[12]

LIDEM was renamed to VIZE2014 in March 2014. The party changed its name once again in June 2015 to Order of the Nation.

Elected representatives

As per May 2012, the LIDEM parliamentary group included eight members of the 200-member Chamber of Deputies.[13] Of these eight members, Martin Vacek and Radim Vysloužil were never members of the LIDEM party itself, but independents working with the party to form a stronger coalition group. The six MPs who were both members of the LIDEM parliamentary group and LIDEM party included:

At the end of April 2013, Jana Suchá did not renew her membership fees for the following year, but the party announced on 4 August 2013 that despite this, she would stay in the party's parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies until the next election.[14] On 4 August 2013, it was also reported that the LIDEM parliamentary group still counted all original eight members, as the three independents (non-party members) committed themselves to vote along with the LIDEM party group in the Chamber of Deputies.[15]


  1. ^ Czech PM under threat after failed vote to hike taxes, Reuters, 5 September 2012, retrieved 13 October 2012
  2. ^ "Strana LIDEM byla přijata mezi evropské liberální demokraty". page-maintitle-short-default. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. ^ Velinger, Jan (8 June 2012). "News". Radio Prague. Archived from the original on 26 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Center-right Czech coalition dissolves itself". DW. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. ^ "39th Meeting, 3rd voting (27th April 2012, 19:51): Request Czech government a vote of confidence". Poslanecká Snemovna Parlamentu Ceske Republiky. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. ^ "105 : 93. Nečasova vláda přežila - a reformy s ní" (in Czech). Týden. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Party around Czech deputy pm Peake to be called LIDEM". 3 May 2012.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Peake's LIDEM party unveils logo", Prague Daily Monitor, 19 September 2012, archived from the original on 28 October 2012, retrieved 13 October 2012
  9. ^ "Liberal family grows as the Council welcomes new member parties | ALD…".
  10. ^ "Czech LIDEM leader against cabinet leaning on Dobes's group". Financni Noviny. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  11. ^ "LIDEM to stay in government, leaving aside the order of Ministers". Denik.cz (in Czech). 8 January 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Mám už všeho po KRK, říká rezignovaně Peake - Novinky.cz".
  13. ^ "Věci veřejné vyhodily z poslaneckého klubu Bártu a 7 přeběhlíků [Public Affairs ejected from the group: Bártu and 7 defectors]" (in Czech). tn.cz. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  14. ^ "Suchá skončila v LIDEM, nezaplatila příspěvky" (in Czech). Novinky.cz. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Jana Suchá left LIDEM, the party has only five members" (in Czech). Lidovky.cz. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.

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