published: 16.08.2013, 19:43 | updated: 16.08.2013 19:50:45
Prague - The Czech Civic Democratic Party´s (CSSD) board decided today that party head Bohuslav Sobotka will be its main election leader in the forthcoming early election and candidate for prime minister in case the CSSD wins it, deputy chairman Lubomir Zaoralek has announced.
It was speculated previously that Sobotka´s opponent, Michal Hasek, party first deputy chairman and South Moravia Region governor, could be the party´s candidate for prime minister.
President Milos Zeman told daily Pravo last week that he will appoint prime minister the representative of the winning party whom the party itself will propose.
Hasek does not conceal his siding with Zeman while Zeman has repeatedly criticised Sobotka.
"In any case, I would base my decision on the recommendation of Social Democracy because I believe that the party alone is to choose the most suitable representative for prime minister within its own ranks," Zeman said.
According to a Median poll in July, the CSSD would win the general election with 34 percent of the vote.
The early election will be held after the caretaker government of Jiri Rusnok, that replaced Petr Necas´s (ODS) team that fell amid a suspected bribery and illegal surveillance scandal in mid- June, did not win confidence in the lower house last week.
Zeman has indicated the election could be held on October 25-26 if the Chamber of Deputies approves its dissolution next week.
Sobotka also announced today that the CSSD wants to open a transparent account in the early election for the first time ever and to submit to the public a report on the structure and extent of its election campaign within two months of the election.
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