published: 30.10.2013, 13:31 | updated: 30.10.2013 13:33:20
Prague - Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) Michal Hasek, Zdenek Skromach, Jeronym Tejc and Jiri Zimola confirmed for CTK today that they took part in a post-election meeting with President Milos Zeman.
Unlike the fifth participant Milan Chovanec, who confirmed the meeting, they were denying it until now.
Hasek added that his goal "was not decidedly to cheat the public."
"We have respected until now the agreement of all participants in the standard political meeting of leftist politicians with a leftist president to discuss the election results not to speak in public about it," the four politicians said in their press release.
"In view of that one of the participants did not keep the agreement, we confirm the meeting. We categorically dismiss any interpretation of the meeting as an alleged preparation of a ´coup´ in the CSSD," the press release says.
A coup started to be spoken about in connection with the Saturday meeting after which the CSSD presidium on Sunday called on party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka to resign and expelled him from the government negotiating team. He dismissed this and said this is undemocratic behaviour and an attempted coup.
"At the same time we are ready to do everything for the CSSD to be successful in the forthcoming post-election negotiations and to form a stable and strong government. We wish that all 50 lawmakers support the government negotiations and the possibly reached agreement," the four CSSD members, who were for Sobotka´s departure, wrote.
Hasek, who was clearly opposed to Sobotka of late and who wanted him to leave, added that similar closed meetings are a common part of top politics.
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