published: 06.12.2013, 07:33 | updated: 06.12.2013 08:14:03
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman offered his supporters among Social Democrats (CSSD) an instruction for retaliation when he said he could appoint CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka prime minister after a CSSD referendum, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
If the plebiscite on the Social Democrat participation in a coalition government with ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) is not held, then he will be prepared to appoint Sobotka at the end of the year, Zverina recalls.
Zeman´s offer is a signal for the camp of Michal Hasek, Sobotka´s opponent in the CSSD, to start pushing for the referendum, he writes.
Zverina says Sobotka´s camp are well aware that the referendum can be tricky and they won´t want to risk anything, postpone the coalition´s formation and prolong the rule of the outgoing government of Jiri Rusnok and provoke the public. Sobotka and his followers will find a way to stop the referendum if need be, he adds.
Scrapping of a party referendum would be something the rnak and file would not like and this would certainly help rehabilitate and strengthen the pro-Zeman camp headed by Hasek, Zverina writes.
Hasek and his adherents unsuccessfully tried to remove Sobotka as CSSD chairman shortly after the late October election and they had to leave the party leadership as a result.
Sobotka will surely avoid falling in Zeman´s trap, but the president is already preparing another one, Zverina concludes.
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The Amazon company´s plan to build to distribution centres near Prague and Brno faces strong opposition by the locals whose arguments seem to be relevant: increased traffic and potential danger from new employees, probably from the East, Hrstkova notes.
Everybody in the country agrees that the Czech Republic should attract hi-tech production, but highly skilled Czech employees and experts with technological education is nothing but a myth, Hrstkova writes.
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