published: 13.12.2013, 07:19 | updated: 13.12.2013 07:22:40
Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) leader and prime minister-designate Bohuslav Sobotka has the easy stage of his preparation for the post of prime minister past him, but now he will have to convince the people from his own party that the coalition pact is a good compromise on which one can build for four years, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
This will not be easy as the party faction around former first deputy chairman Michal Hasek is weakened, but will still have a say in the affair, Fischer writes.
Sobotka must be prepared for essential criticism because many Social Democrats believe that the party's concessions in the sphere of taxes are a blow to the usual leftist agenda, he adds.
There are things in which Social Democrats must not yield, Sobotka's critics are saying and taxes as the main instrument of politics should not be among them, Fischer writes.
Andrej Babis's ANO has achieved everything it wanted in the taxation sphere, but the Social Democrats pushed through virtually nothing from their know-how targeted at growth, he adds.
Andrej Babis, leader of the ANO (YES) movement, is creating again artificial problems, Jakub Kalensky writes in Lidove noviny (LN), commenting on the latest talks on the new coalition government.
When sending a message to the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) that they must make do with two ministries he ignores the usual coalition mechanisms, Kalensky writes.
In the past coalition governments, small parties always had more seats than those corresponding with the number of their votes, he adds.
Babis's attempt prompts the thought of whether he wants to form a government in the first place, Kalensky writes.
Perhaps he does not want the Sobotka's government to be eventually formed, he adds.
This may be doubly true at the moment public opinion polls are giving him the biggest preferences, Kalensky writes.
If early elections were held, Babis may not only get the post of finance minister, but become the new prime minister, he adds.
However, there is still the obstacle that the voters would recall who made impossible the formation of the new government and the replacement of Jiri Rusnok's illegitimate government, Kalensky concludes.
The second stage of the process of government formation ended without major difficulties on Thursday and the content of the coalition pact reveals that the three partners' priorities are in them, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
However, the new coalition has a task that is not written anywhere, Mitrofanov writes.
It is in the three parties' own interest to try and rehabilitate politics as work and cooperation, he adds.
All they need is to proceed in the routine and efficient way, without any major gestures and proclamations, Mitrofanov writes.
So far, the scheme has not been much harmed, he adds.
On Thursday, the fourth deputy chairperson of the Chamber of Deputies was elected, which is a sign of normal activities of coalition deputies irrespective of ideological animosities, Mitrofanov writes.
However, the picture may be soon tarnished. After the talks on the number of seats in the government in the making start, one will perhaps see the biggest problems in the coalition mechanism, he adds.
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