published: 26.08.2013, 07:30 | updated: 26.08.2013 07:33:35
Prague - The war in the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) is going on, Alexandr Mitrofanov says in daily Pravo in connection with the weekend meeting of the party´s delegates that tried a crash test on CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka.
Mitrofanov recalls that CSSD deputy head Zdenek Skromach proposed a secret vote on the election leader and that Sobotka won only 57 percent of the vote, although there was no other candidate.
Skromach posed the question whether the party wants to have an election leader, in other words its future prime minister, who openly opposes the political style of President Milos Zeman, Mitrofanov writes.
Sobotka may regain strength only if the Social Democrats score a clear victory in the forthcoming general election, receiving at least 33 percent of the vote.
Moreover, he would also need to have a majority of the CSSD newly elected candidates on his side, not on the side of Zeman, Mitrofanov says.
Elsewhere in Pravo, Mitrofanov praises Zeman for his comment on a Russian police intervention against a Moscow gathering remembering the 1968 protest of a group of Russian citizens against the fact that Warsaw Pact troops led by the Soviet army had invaded Czechoslovakia.
Zeman said in a radio interview that the arrest of the people who remembered the Soviet occupation in Moscow´s Red Square seems a big mistake.
Russian leaders should have led such a protest against the 1968 occupation, Mitrofanov quotes Zeman as saying.
After the hoisting of the European flag at the presidential seat in Prague this is another reasonable step taken by Zeman in foreign affairs, Mitrofanov writes.
Petr Kambersky indicates in Hospodarske noviny (HN) that President Zeman tried to persuade the listeners of the radio programme Talks from Lany in which he is interviewed that his planned tour of Czech regions has nothing to do with the present election campaign.
Zeman claimed that he does not promote any political party, but he pointed out that Presidential Office head Vratislav Mynar is running for the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), Kambersky writes.
He says Zeman also pointed to the election candidacy of "significant personality" Frantisek Cuba.
Cuba runs for the SPOZ whose honorary chairman Zeman is.
Only "a real idiot" could see any contradiction in the fact that the SPOZ wants to "implement the ideas of Milos Zeman" and that Zeman declares that he is "a president above political parties,"Kambersky writes with irony.
Zeman´s fund for the Czech state debt´s repayment either shows that the president is an example of unselfishness or that he likes to make empty gestures, apart from aggressive power-seeking politics, Daniel Kaiser writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
Zeman is the only person who has contributed to the debt repayment fund, Kaiser notes.
The 230,000 crowns he gave is ridiculous in comparison with the 1.7 billion crowns that the country owes, Kaiser says.
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