published: 24.08.2013, 12:34 | updated: 24.08.2013 12:41:14
Prague - There should be made the warning that through a leftist government, controlled by President Milos Zeman, authoritarian postcommunist regime can creepingly get hold of the Czech Republic, Jiri Pehe writes in Pravo.
Such a system has already prevailed in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria and the powerful Prime Minister Robert Fico is facing this temptation in Slovakia, he adds.
If Jaroslav Kaczynski's Law and Justice wins in Poland, it can also return to Poland, Pehe writes.
It is not exaggerated to point to Zeman's authoritarian tendencies and to analyse what it may mean if the left rules in an autonomous way or under his aegis, he adds.
Given the Czech past, the difference between a democratic and authoritarian left is not trivial, Pehe writes.
Although a single letter may not differ in the programmes of the Social Democrat (CSSD) party that is autonomous and of that depending on the president, their way of ruling may differ a great deal, he adds.
It would be a pity if the democratic left wasted its chance to implement its vision of a reasonably administered state only because it will succumb to the power ambitions of Zeman's coalition, Pehe writes.
Seen purely politically, the Czech Republic is returning to the 2002 general election, Bohumil Pecinka writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.
At that time, the disunited left, composed of the Social Democrats and Communists, reached a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, Pecinka writes.
However, later Social Democrat prime minister Vladimir Spidla devalued this success of the left by forming a fragile coalition with Christian Democrats and the Freedom Union with a one-vote majority in the Chamber of Deputies, he adds.
Politicians of the left and the centre will face the same challenge, though in a modified form after the October early election, Pecinka writes.
They will have to choose between a leftist government under the aegis of President Milos Zeman or a broad coalition based on Social Democrats and TOP 09, maybe also on Christian Democrats, he adds.
If TOP 09 manages to turn the election into a sort of the third round of presidential election with the contest between Zeman and its leader Karel Schwarzenberg, this may strengthen the post-election alternative of a broad coalition, Pecinka writes.
Boris Stastny, a deputy for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) who has just left the party, has joined the ranks of those seeking former president Vaclav Klaus's political comeback, Martin Weiss writes in Lidove noviny.
Stastny has thus joined the priests of a cult that is taking shape around Klaus, Weiss writes.
Some are building a party structure tailor-made for Klaus and perform various rituals, hoping that the divinity will descend the heavens and join them, he adds.
However, the divinity does not haste, Weiss about Klaus's reluctance to re-enter the political scenes despite various offers to do so.
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