published: 11.10.2013, 12:25 | updated: 11.10.2013 12:28:18
Prague - The Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) consider the "commercial" parties risky for the government's stability and therefore they would negotiate on support for their cabinet mainly with the Communists (KSCM) and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), CSSD head Bohuslav Sobotka said today.
The CSSD is a clear favourite of the October 25-26 early election to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, according to polls.
Sobotka told reporters that he would like to launch talks on a new government on Saturday, October 26, if the CSSD succeeded in the polls.
Sobotka also said he was looking for discussions with President Milos Zeman on the country's further heading.
Sobotka said if the CSSD won the general election, it would like to form a one-colour government with support of the lowest possible number of established and similarly orientated parties.
The Social Democrats consider possible support of the parties labelled as "commercial" risky. Such parties are primarily the ANO (YES) movement of billionaire Andrej Babis and the Party of Citizens' Rights-the Zemanites (SPOZ), Sobotka noted.
According to CSSD information, the CSSD would like to strongly set itself against commercial parties during the rest of the election campaign by reminding of the fate of the Public Affairs (VV) in the past election term.
The VV entered the lower house in the 2010 polls for the first time and it joined the coalition government. However, it split last year and ended up in opposition. Its splinter party LIDEM replaced it in the former cabinet.
Now the VV's preferences are deeply under the 5-percent parliamentary threshold.
Sobotka said he would not be surprised if ANO allied with the right-wing Civic Democrats (ODS) and TOP 09 after the elections though they had ruled it out so far.
"A similar situation like with the Public Affairs (VV) might occur," Sobotka said. Then the parties that stood up against one another in the campaign struck a deal after the elections, he recalled.
The CSSD would like to avoid the result of the 2010 elections, in which it scored a narrow victory but it did not form the government, by escalating the election campaign that would culminate with the "Orange Week," Sobotka said, hinting at the party´s colour.
Sobotka also said he was not afraid that Zeman would ignore the will of political parties after the elections and acted arbitrarily.
"The president will have to accept the agreement of political parties in the Chamber of Deputies and it will be up to them to reach agreement," Sobotka said.
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