Czech Republic Prime Minister claims opposition party involved in Bitcoin mining
The political turmoil in Czech Republic has taken quite a turn, with the country’s prime minister accusing the opposition party of mining Bitcoin. Andrej Babiš, the Czech premier, has said that the Czech Pirate Party has made no significant contribution to the IT sector apart from being involved in Bitcoin mining activity.
According to a report by Czech publication Hospodářské Noviny, the prime minister was questioned by Jakub Michaleka, a member of Czech Pirate Party, about the government’s progress on building a digital database for official documents. In response, Babiš said that the opposition had no right to raise such a question when they had done nothing the IT space except for mine the world’s top cryptocurrency.
Czech Prime Minister’s reply to opposition
According to his statement, the opposition has ”talked so much about IT, but did not do anything else than mining Bitcoin. We expect you [the party] to get involved.” The war of words continued as Michalek termed the strategy adopted by the Prime Minister as ” brainwashing”.
Interestingly, the country has been quite open to digital currencies. Pražská plynárenská – the largest company dealing with natural gas in Czech Republic – has already started accepting Bitcoin as a mode of payment.
Moreover, Czech Republic had earlier hosted a blockchain and Bitcoin Conference in its capital city Prague.
In a recently published report of Hospodářské Noviny, it came to light that more than 1,000 e-commerce stores in Czech Republic now accept virtual currency as a mode of payment.
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