Czech parties do not agree on ministries in nascent cabinet

Předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka hovoří s novináři při odchodu z pražského sídla Senátu, kde 16. prosince večer jednal s představiteli hnutí ANO a KDU-ČSL o podobě budoucí vlády. Lídři ČSSD, ANO a KDU-ČSL se dnes na rozdělení resortů nedohodli. Ve hře jsou dvě varianty, jednání bude pokračovat asi ve středu, řekl Sobotka.

published: 16.12.2013, 22:16 | updated: 16.12.2013 22:17:56

Prague - Representatives of the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), ANO movement and Christian Democrats did not agree on the division of ministries in the government that is being formed, CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka, probable next prime minister, told journalists after their talks today.

Sobotka said two alternatives were still being considered, but did not elaborate.

He said the new government should have two deputy chairmen, to be filled by ANO and the KDU-CSL.

The talks are to continue on Wednesday, Sobotka said.

Sobotka said in the afternoon the government might have 17 members, with a minimum of deputy prime ministers and ministers without portfolio.

"I would like to have the agreement finished by the end of the week so that we could start talking about specific names at individual ministers," said Sobotka who would like to submit a proposal to name the government to President Milos Zeman by the end of the year.

According to unofficial information, the CSSD may occupy eight seats in the government, ANO seven and KDU-CSL two. However, the latter demand more seats or the post of agriculture minister, which is their priority.

KDU-CSL leader Pavel Belobradek said it had been usual in the past that even the smallest coalition partner filled some ministry with "force agenda" (interior or defence) or with economic agenda such as finance ministry.

"As the offer by the (CSSD) was not presented in this way, we will negotiate," Belobradek said before the meeting.

He repeated that the Christian Democrats would not play any undignified role in the coalition.

Jaroslav Faltynek, head of the ANO deputy group, said he was against Christian Democrats filling the post of agriculture minister.

Last week, the coalition parties agreed on the programme part of the coalition pact..

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