published: 05.12.2013, 07:26 | updated: 05.12.2013 07:34:12
Prague - The outgoing Czech caretaker government of Jiri Rusnok has no legitimacy to make any fundamental decisions but its ministers apparently do not realise it, Petr Kambersky writes in the daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
It cites the example of Finance Minister Jan Fischer whose decisions in the post raise doubts about his real intentions, Kambersky says, adding that in the past two years Fischer became the symbol of flexibility (in a negative sense) and small dirty tricks.
It is not significant that the Czech Republic has an outgoing government but that this government has never won confidence of the Chamber of Deputies and it is in power only since President Milos Zeman has appointed it, Kamberky writes.
Consequently, this unprecedentedly illegitimate cabinet should not take irreversible steps that are not necessary, he adds.
Kambersky points out that the personnel policy of the Rusnok government does not avoid cronyism either.
Yet its cronyism provokes at least a slight hope that the upcoming political government of Social Democrat (CSSD) chairman Bohuslav Sobotka cannot be worse. Politicians want to be re-elected but people like Rusnok and Fischer do not care, Kambersky concludes.
The rules of brown-coal mining should be observed since people need some certainties, among other things, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
He comments on the attempt of the outgoing government of Jiri Rusnok to lift the coal-mining limits, which President Milos Zeman supports.
The dispute about the mining limits is a fundamental systemic issue, Petracek writes.
First the landscape as one whole is at stake, second it concerns coal as a strategic raw material and third it touches people´s certainties.
Though people have not faced forced expropriation over coal mining since the amendment to the mining law was passed, the inhabitants of towns and villages in the coal localities would like to know whether it is worth investing in their houses, Petracek notes.
This is no alternative or activist stance but rather a conservative need of certainty, Petracek writes.
No new era in relations between the Czech government and opposition is emerging on the horizon, Vaclav Dolejsi writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
He recalls that ahead of the late-October elections the Social Democrats (CSSD) and ANO, potential coalition partners now, promised constructive cooperation between the government and the opposition the end of fruitless squabbles and obstructions in the Chamber of Deputies.
These parties also supported a proportional representation, which the previous right wing government ignored. This is why they promised posts in the lower house leadership to the opposition Communists (KSCM) and TOP 09, Dolejsi writes.
However, he adds, they have fulfilled only part of the promise electing KSCM leader Vojtech Filip one of the lower house deputy heads.
On the other hand, the MPs of the potential government coalition, commanding a 111-vote majority in the Chamber of Deputies, repeatedly refused to elect a TOP 09 candidate. After rejecting the "hated" TOP 09 deputy chairman Miroslav Kalousek not even another, uncontroversial candidate Petr Gazdik (STAN) made it through, Dolejsi says.
It seems that nothing will change in the government-opposition relations in Czech parliament, Dolejsi writes.
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