Czech press survey - January 23

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Prague - The expected appointment of Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka by President Milos Zeman seems to be good news, but this is also the only piece of good news, Petr Kambersky writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.

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Prezident Miloš Zeman pozval 17. ledna na zámek do Lán členy odstupující vlády. Před zahájením večeře se společně s prezidentem vyfotografovali. Horní řada zleva: ministr kultury Jiří Balvín, ministr práce a sociálních věcí František Koníček, ministr zemědělství Miroslav Toman, ministr životního prostředí Tomáš Jan Podivínský, ministr školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy Dalibor Štys, ministr obrany Vlastimil Picek, ministr zdravotnictví Martin Holcát, ministr pro místní rozvoj František Lukl, ministr dopravy Zdeněk Žák, ministr zahraničních věcí Jan Kohout a ministr průmyslu a obchodu Jiří Cienciala. Dolní řada zleva: ministr financí Jan Fischer, ministryně spravedlnosti Marie Benešová, prezident Miloš Zeman, premiér Jiří Rusnok a ministr vnitra Martin Pecina. ČTK Fluger René

Prime Minister Petr Necas stepped down on June 17, 2013 and Zeman named Jiri Rusnok's caretaker government on July 10, but it did not gain confidence on August 7, Kambersky writes.

Now the Czech Republic has a government that has no legitimacy for the seventh month in a row, he adds.

Zeman was defeated in Rusnok's case as he betted on a wrong player, Kambersky writes.

However, if a strong party bets on Zeman in a next crisis, this will be a real test of Czech democracy, he adds.

As soon as the solid alliance of coalition parties that was strong enough to make Zeman appoint Sobotka as prime minister designate and then the government falls apart into its individual components, the other half of Zeman's game will start, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.

Sobotka will make his most to prevent this, as this would mean his weakening, Mitrofanov writes.

However, the will of a politician clashes with absolute rules of party mechanisms and the unpredictability of a strong coalition partner, he adds.

Sobotka must send deputies from his CSSD to other ministries that will be headed by people from other parties. However, this is rejected by future finance minister Andrej Babis, head of the ANO centrist movement, Mitrofanov writes.

This is a grandiose bone of contention. Besides, if Babis totally fails, this opponent of politics will push into the abyss the whole government, he adds.

With the first series of debates with candidates for ministers, Zeman has started a preparatory stage for the appointment of a government, whereby he installed a brand new habit in the constitutional system, Petr Fischer writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).

There is the question of whether this will prove its worth and whether this will become a real habit, Fischer writes.

Besides, when naming Rusnok's government, Zeman did not bother to stage any discussions. As he is doing it now, he only confirms the old suspicions, he adds.

First, that Rusnok's government was in fact Zeman's own government and due to this, there was no reason to speak with anyone in advance, Fischer writes.

Second, Zeman is on purpose making difficulties to Sobotka, which has a different motivation than the interest of the state and voters who gave their votes to the coalition parties, he adds.

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