published: 20.10.2013, 14:54 | updated: 20.10.2013 15:09:25
Prague - The Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS) may form a coalition with the Social Democrats (CSSD) along the model of Germany or Austria, ODS acting leader Martin Kuba said in a public debate on the commercial television station Prima today.
However, CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka repeatedly dismissed any alliance with the centre-right ODS and the conservative TOP 09.
Kuba said in Germany and Austria the situation after the election had developed in such a way that a pact between the parties from the opposite ends of the political spectrum could be concluded.
"I think the situation may occur in the Czech Republic, too," Kuba said.
Sobotka repeated the criticism of the government of the ODS and TOP 09 (2010-2013).
"We cannot form a government with the parties whose manifestoes so much differ," Sobotka said, adding that the ODS and TOP 09 should stay in the opposition after the election, set for October 25-26.
"The CSSD does not prepare or plan that we could collaborate with the parties on the governmental level after the election," he added.
The CSSD is widely considered an almost certain winner of the election, but its poll ratings recently dipped.
Sobotka said if the party did not get enough votes, there would be the threat of an alliance of the ODS, TOP 09 and billionaire Andrej Babis's ANO 2011.
He said the latter was a right-wing grouping.
"It may happen that the votes for Babis will help keep in the game both the ODS and TOP 09," Sobotka said.
Kuba refused to call the Babis's movement a right-wing party, pointing to his election promises.
He said after the experience with the Public Affairs (VV), the ODS did not want to enter such coalitions in which it would be unable to fulfil its manifesto.
The ODS formed a government with the VV and TOP 09 in 2010. The VV later split and its major part went into opposition.
The early election will be held on October 25-26.
The latest polls give the ODS fewer than 10 percent in the Chamber of Deputies.
The CSSD and ODS agreed on a post-election arrangement in 1998. Under their pact, the Social Democrats could rule for four years. At that time, the Social Democrats were headed by President Milos Zeman and the ODS by former president Vaclav Klaus.
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