published: 20.08.2013, 07:31 | updated: 20.08.2013 07:45:49
Prague - Early elections mean a last resort, politicians´ failure proving their incapability and the expression of despair, and consequently nothing else can be expected in the Czech Republic now, Jindrich Sidlo writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
He says the 2013 early general election will close the chapter of a gradual disintegration of Czech politics in the past 20 years.
Yet there is no reason to weep over it. Despite all collisions, the Czech Republic has proved, especially compared to other post-communist countries, a remarkable stability of its party system, Sidlo points out.
The system started to slowly collapse in 2010 when the "traditional big parties," the Civic Democrats (ODS) and Social Democrats (CSSD), achieved the worst election results since 1992, he recalls.
The results of the 2013 general election may mean a complete redrafting of the Czech political map, Sidlo writes.
President Milos Zeman must definitely wish the success of all new movements and the resurrection of the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), in other words as colourful lower house as possible. Only then he can fully assume "his role of a moderator," Sidlo adds.
"The Czech right wing has really succeeded in changing the country. Only in a completely different manner than it has planned," Sidlo writes in conclusion in HN.
The situation in the former senior ruling Civic Democratic Party (ODS) that has suffered one blow after another resembles the Titanic and its representatives should quickly try to reconcile with the party´s founder Vaclav Klaus, Jan Martinek writes in Pravo today.
The ODS´s preferences have plummeted to the record low 6 percent in the latest polls.
Moreover, the Civic Democrats are being haunted by the ghost of the founder and former ODS leader Klaus, Czech president in 2003-13, who is going to triumphantly return to politics under a different "trademark," Martinek says.
He adds thar the Civic Democrats should reconcile with their "father-founder" since as a direct competitor he could be more dangerous for his opponents in the ODS.
Martinek notes that Klaus might attract the voters who wish another alternative right wing than the ODS.
If the ODS does not want to follow the fate of the Public Affairs (VV) party that will most probably not enter the lower house again after the polls, it should agree with Klaus at least on cooperation after the general election.
"Otherwise the hungry Klaus will devour his children without mercy," Martinek concludes in Pravo.
Both the parties and the president´s interests and many individual interests of deputies who are afraid of not being elected again will decide on the dissolution of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, Martin Weiss writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
It seems that President Milos Zeman who claims he has opened the path to early elections actually does not want them now when "his government" is ruling. But he may not be the only one, Weiss adds.
The result is that almost everyone wants the debacle of the confidence vote in the caretaker cabinet to be repeated to make the other deputy groups look like unreliable squabbling herds in which no one can be trusted. However, the Chamber of Deputies as one whole will look like that then, Weiss concludes in LN.
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