published: 30.10.2013, 10:33 | updated: 30.10.2013 10:47:25
Prague - The ANO (Yes) 2011 movement, which finished second in the October 25-26 Czech early general election, intends to tolerate a government if it accepts ANO´s programme points, its chairman Andrej Babis told public Czech Television (CT) today.
He stressed that it would be tolerance of and not support to such a government.
Babis said he did not prefer his party´s direct participation in the government but that he was prepared to negotiate (about it).
He added that he would propose Jaroslav Faltynek for head of the ANO deputy group.
Babis said he would not enter the government on his own since his ANO 2011 is a new movement.
"We have already fulfilled our pre-election promises by having prevented the left with Communists´ support from gaining power... We have never said we want to enter the government," Babis told CT.
Despite it, he is wiling to negotiate with other parties in parliament, he indicated.
Bohuslav Sobotka, chairman of the winning Social Democrats (CSSD), has asked Babis for a "tete-a-tete" meeting.
"I will ask my fellow deputies and the committee today whether they will give me consent to talk to him (Sobotka) alone. This is an informative meeting, no negotiations," Babis said.
The newly elected ANO deputies, heads of the party´s regional organisations and the presidium will meet in the party´s seat in the afternoon.
ANO deputy chairwoman Vera Jourova said the party´s negotiating team would be probably confirmed at the meeting. Along with Babis, it should include Faltynek and Martin Stropnicky.
The ANO representatives should also debate whether the movement wants to participate in the future government or be in opposition, with which it had originally reckoned.
Nevertheless, the ANO gained such a high support of almost 19 percent of the vote, closely trailing the winning Social Democrats (CSSD) with 20.5 percent, that any majority government coalition would be hardly formed without it.
The daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) writes today that billionaire Babis plans to tour regional towns again to discuss the post-election situation with people and only then he will decide about the ANO´s possible direct participation in the government.
Babis told CT today that his tour would highlight other topics, too.
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