published: 22.10.2012, 16:30 | updated: 22.10.2012 18:40:47
Prague - The group of rebels from the Czech senior ruling Civic Democrat (ODS) deputy group will not vote for the government tax package unless it is changed not to raise taxes, the group´s informal leader, MP Petr Tluchor, told reporters today.
He is still convinced that they will make an agreement on the legislation, he added.
The ODS working group will debate the package again on Tuesday morning before a meeting of the party´s deputy group.
"If a change that would at least basically not fulfil the idea of raising taxes were not approved, we could not vote for such a bill," Tluchor said.
He, however, added that he hoped the talks would result in such a proposed change on which the whole government coalition, comprising also TOP 09 and LIDEM, would agree eventually.
ODS deputy group head Zbynek Stanjura told CTK today that the working group should present one alternative to the deputy group that the deputies would approve and submit to the coalition partners.
If the working group did not reach agreement, the ODS deputies would probably vote on several alternatives. The deputy group would then pledge to support the alternative they would consider the best, Stanjura noted.
There is a broad consensus in the ODS that taxes should not be increased, Tluchor said.
He said he can imagine the group of the ODS rebellious MPs to propose their own changes to the bill if a coalition compromise on the tax package were not reached.
The ODS "rebels" rejected the government stabilisation package of tax changes previously.
"We are not subverting any government," Tluchor said today.
He again called it nonsense that Prime Minister and ODS chairman Petr Necas had connected the government stabilisation package of tax changes with a vote of confidence in his cabinet.
Change in Czech govt ODS leadership should be substantial-Tluchor
The change in the leadership of the Czech senior ruling Civic Democratic Party (ODS) should be "undoubtedly substantial" following the lost regional and Senate elections and the party's declining preferences, ODS "rebellious" MP Petr Tluchor said today.
The ODS election congress to be held in Brno on November 2-4 will not deal with the controversial government tax package but mainly with the party's "fatal debacle" in the recent elections to the regional assemblies and to one-third of the Senate, Tluchor added.
The ODS lost ten senators and won in four wards only and it will now have 15 seats in the 81-seat Senate, which is the lowest number the party has had since the upper house was established in 1996.
Moreover, the Civic Democrats won only in one of the 13 Czech regions and lost a number of seats in the regional assemblies.
Prime Minister and ODS chairman Petr Necas commented on possible changes in the ODS leadership saying "changes in the party leadership are made at every congress."
"I do not remember a congress that would have elected the leadership in the same composition as before," Necas told CTK in Brno today.
He added that he "firmly believes" he would defend the post of ODS chairman. However, he is expecting an open and critical discussion about the elections´ results, he noted.
Necas called the party's results a failure after the polls.
In an interview with journalists, Tluchor today indirectly criticised Necas as well as ODS deputy head and Chamber of Deputies chairwoman Miroslava Nemcova.
"We have undoubtedly two top ODS representatives who both occupy supreme constitutional posts - or two out of the four supreme posts - and I have a feeling that the decrease in the (ODS) preferences in the past two years is so immense that at least the ODS inner leadership must assume responsibility for it. If it does not do so itself, the congress must pronounce it," Tluchor said
The ODS is not fulfilling its own programme, he indicated.
He added that the congress would also debate whether the ODS should play the role of the right-wing policy leader.
However, Tlucho, former hea dof the ODS deputy group, refused to speculate about concrete names (of the ODS possible new leaders).
A group of ODS deputies-rebels led by Tluchor criticise the government stabilisation package of tax changes. Tluchor said today they would not support it in a repeated vote if it still included a tax rise.
Necas connected the vote on the government tax package with a vote of confidence in his cabinet. If it were not passed, his government would fall.
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