published: 31.10.2013, 11:50 | updated: 31.10.2013 11:54:21
Prague - Social Democrat (CSSD) chairman Bohuslav Sobotka will lead the talks about a new Czech government for the time being but the CSSD´s board has not formed a negotiating team yet, Sobotka and CSSD deputy chairman Milan Chovanec told reporters after the board´s meeting today.
Only the CSSD central executive committee (UVV) that meets on November 10 should approve a negotiating team, they said.
Sobotka at the same time apologised to the CSSD voters for what happened in the party after the October 25-26 early general election.
A conflict between Sobotka and first deputy head Michal Hasek, who is considered President Milos Zeman's ally, erupted in the winning CSSD.
Sobotka said before the CSSD board´s meeting that he would like the "putschists," including Hasek, to resign from the party´s leadership.
The five Social Democrats led by Hasek secretly met Zeman on Saturday. Afterwards, the CSSD presidium on Sunday called on party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka to resign and expelled him from the government negotiating team.
Hasek and his adherents first denied having met Zeman and they only admitted it on Wednesday.
A stormy debate was led in the CSSD board today, said Chovanec, one of the Social Democrats who met Zeman on Saturday.
"This is the first step for the party to seek the way out of the problem," he added.
Chovanec said he would accept his personal responsibility but he would like to talk to Sobotka first. The CSSD has not split, Chovanec added.
"The discussion was not easy. The party leadership is interested in a quick solution to the crisis not to complicate post-election talks," Sobotka said.
He noted that he would like to lead the talks primarily with ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL). Together with them the CSSD can command a majority of 111 votes in the 200-seat lower house.
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