published: 28.08.2013, 07:34 | updated: 28.08.2013 07:43:21
Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) candidate for prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka can see no risk in an alliance with the Communists (KSCM) but the country will surely change if their political quarantine ends, Josef Kopecky says in daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
The CSSD are prepared to rule the country after the autumn early elections with support from the KSCM for its possible minority government, Kopecky recalls.
He says Communist leader Vojtech Filip launched the election campaign with the demand for a public referendum on the church restitution that is opposed by most citizens.
As a lawyer Filip must know that the agreement on the state-church property settlement signed by the former right-wing government and the Czech churches cannot be abolished or even changed by any referendum, unless both signing parties agree on it, Kopecky writes.
Both the CSSD and the KSCM plan marked tax hikes as their promises to raise the minimum wage, cancel cash fees that were introduced in health care, push through a zero VAT rate on medicines and increase pensions are impossible without higher taxation, Kopecky says.
In this spring it still seemed that the Social Democrats would clearly win the general election and considerably influence life in the Czech Republic for up to three election periods, Jiri Hanak writes in Pravo.
But President Milos Zeman has different plans: he wants to form a block comprising the CSSD, the KSCM and the Citizens´ Rights Party - the Zemanites (SPOZ) that would turn into his power base, Hanak says.
To achieve it, promoters of the CSSD´s sovereignty must be removed from the party, especially its current chairman Bohuslav Sobotka. Zeman´s followers in the CSSD have already started working on this plan, he writes, pointing to a weekend secret vote on the CSSD election leader in which Sobotka won only 57 percent, although he had no rival.
If Zeman´s followers in the CSSD win, this will be the end of a modern and independent Czech Social Democratic Party for years, Hanak concludes.
The CSSD secret vote on its possible future prime minister in which Sobotka gained only 57 percent raises the suspicion that the CSSD is not an independent party that would not succumb to President Zeman and that would have a future in its present form, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
Instead of not speaking about the secret vote proving their disunity, CSSD representatives started a dispute about it, Leschtina says.
After CSSD presidential candidate Jiri Dienstbier labelled the secret vote a putsch, CSSD deputy chairman Zdenek Skromach called him a disruptor, Leschtina recalls.
CSSD first deputy chairman Michal Hasek even called on Dienstbier to explain the financing of his presidential campaign that had been challenged by former CSSD regional governor David Rath whose corruption trial recently started, Leschtina says.
Including Rath, charged with extensive bribery and manipulation of public orders, in the CSSD internal fighting seems an online election suicide, Leschtina writes.
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