published: 30.08.2013, 07:27 | updated: 30.08.2013 07:45:06
Prague - Both Senator Jozef Regec and Labour Minister Frantisek Konicek have switched from the Social Democrats (CSSD) to the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) evidently because the SPOZ, unlike the CSSD, showed ready to give lucrative posts to them, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
The CSSD has not fielded Konicek as its candidate in the early election, but the SPOZ can be expected to field him, Mitrofanov writes.
Regec, a former well-known cyclist, on his part, recently complained about having been ousted from the CSSD´s shadow cabinet. He evidently considers this an offence he must revenge by switching to the SPOZ, Mitrofanov writes.
Since becoming senator in 2010, Regec made a single, three-minute speech in the upper house, announcing that his main field of interest is sport, Mitrofanov writes.
He says Regec made the same announcement when the SPOZ presented him as its brand-new regional election leader on Thursday.
Regec is really a brilliant acquisition for the SPOZ´s "team of personalities," Mitrofanov adds with sarcasm.
In daily Lidove noviny (LN), Martin Zverina discusses the way in which the relatively new Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) is preparing its lists of candidates for the forthcoming early general election.
On Thursday, the SPOZ presented Presidential Office head Vratislav Mynar as one of its regional election leaders, and it boasted of having won another Social Democrat (CSSD) "defector" - senator Jozef Regec.
The "presidential cult party" SPOZ now has three senators in the upper house, all CSSD defectors. Apart from Regec, they are Vladimir Dryml and Jaroslav Palas, Zverina recalls.
President Milos Zeman previously commented with contempt on LIDEM, a parliamentary party established by MPs-defectors from the Public Affairs (VV). However, Zeman is unlikely to condemn a similar defection of Dryml, Palas and Regec now, Zverina writes.
It is also typical of the SPOZ that it does not present much of its political programme, but instead, it tends to speculate about its potential "star" candidates such as [former renowned NHL goalie] Dominik Hasek.
In a way, the SPOZ´s tendency not to present much of its programme is logical, as the SPOZ is a mouthpiece of its master [Zeman] and its programme, if published, could later clash with some ideas and steps of Zeman, which the party definitely does not wish, Zverina writes.
For a journalist who wants to interview political party leaders it is rather difficult to identify who the leaders are, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN), adding that the absence of clear leaders mirrors the decline of the Czech political scene.
The problem is relatively small in the case of the Social Democrats (CSSD). It is not quite clear whether the party is led by [its official chairman] Bohuslav Sobotka or [first deputy chairman] Michal Hasek, but the two do not differ as far as the party´s programme is concerned, Honzejk writes.
The situation is more uncertain in the Civic Democratic Party (ODS). Its two leading personalities, each of whom may be viewed as the main leader, i.e. [ODS deputy chairwoman] Miroslava Nemcova and [the party´s acting head] Martin Kuba, profoundly differ from each other, Honzejk writes.
In the case of the conservative TOP 09, the genuine leader is known, but there is a problem with etiquette. The party is directed by its first deputy chairman Miroslav Kalousek, but how to manage it in a situation where Karel Schwarzenberg remains its official chairman? Honzejk asks.
The Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) presents Vratislav Mynar, head of the President Milos Zeman´s Office, as its leader, but his leadership is rather incredible in view of his reputation as a mere mouthpiece of Zeman, Honzejk writes.
The Greens are disunited and their former leader Martin Bursik is establishing a new party, he says.
The only parties with clear leaders are the Communists and businessman Andrej Babis´s ANO, because these parties are based on democratic centralism and their main aim is to gain power, not to push through a particular political programme, Honzejk adds.
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