Czech press survey - January 15

Předseda ČSSD Bohuslav Sobotka.

published: 15.01.2014, 07:29 | updated: 15.01.2014 07:36:37

Prague - It was interesting to see future Czech prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) chasing President Milos Zeman back into his constitutional enclosure, Petr Kambersky says in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today, referring to a press conference Sobotka had on Tuesday.

Compared to Zeman or former PMs Mirek Topolanek and even Petr Necas (both Civic Democrats, ODS), Sobotka appears like a good boy from a Sunday school, Kambersky writes.

Sobotka´s resolute attack seemed rather strange, he adds.

It is crucial that Sobotka clearly declared that the government relies exclusively on a parliamentary majority, not on the president, Kambersky writes.

He says Sobotka´s message to Zeman is: you have lost, we will accept neither your proposed ministers nor your outgoing ministers as deputy ministers.

It is good that Sobotka said he would build barriers for Zeman, however, not only a barrier but a strong wall will be needed, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

The Czech constitution should be amended in such a way that Zeman or no other president could interpret it so that he would profit from it, Honzejk says.

He says the parties in parliament have already made enough concessions to Zeman, more than enough: they convoke a special lower house session on his order and they accept his delays in appointing the prime minister, among others.

The most successful Olympic athlete in Czech history, Vera Caslavska, has the right to attend a meeting with President Milos Zeman, Martina Riebauerova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).

But what is more important than the fact that Caslavska took such a step is that she is not the first person to do so, Riebauerova says.

She recalls that rock singer Vladimir Misik, son of former minister Jiri Hajek, political prisoners, university rectors and mayors of some municipalities, all these people felt that they should reject an invitation to the Prague Castle or an award handed by Zeman.

Lukas Jelinek notes in Pravo that the Social Democrats suffered their first election defeat in the additional Senate election to fill the post vacated by Tomio Okamura (Dawn of Direct Democracy) who was elected to the lower house.

The CSSD candidate ended third, narrowly missing the chance to advance to the second round of the election, Jelinek recalls.


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