published: 01.11.2013, 07:24 | updated: 01.11.2013 07:41:54
Prague - The nation is full of stopgaps as there is an unclear government, an unclear date by which the new Czech government will be formed and the budget for 2014 is also unclear, Julie Hrstkova writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
If the Chamber of Deputies is unable to pass the budget bill by the end of the year, the civil service will only be able to spend one-twelfth of the 2013 budget monthly, Hrstkova writes.
This will certainly not be good news for the 400,000 state employees at ministries, in the educational sector and police as well as further tens of thousands in the health care sector because there will be no money left for the rise in their salaries within the provisional budget, she adds.
Besides, the state will have the excuse to say no, Hrstkova writes.
Moreover, investment project will be shelved, too, because this year's budget did not reckon with them. Due to this, a construction boom will be postponed again, she adds.
This is the biggest milestone in the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) since 1993 when Milos Zeman became its leader, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo, commenting on the internal strife in the party, in which party leader Bohuslav Sobotka is struggling with its first deputy chairman Michal Hasek.
Hasek's refusal to step down may have lacked moral integrity, but it did contain some political logic, Mitrofanov writes.
He has indicated that his behaviour will depend on whether he will win over so many members of the party's central executive committee that mistrust will not be voiced in him, he adds.
Hasek would only fall if the mistrust were voiced by three-fifths of the body's members, which is a very high number, Mitrofanov writes.
One has to have guts for such a resolute solution and be ready to risk. The first wave of opposition to Hasek and his allies has emerged with an unusual force, but time passes and emotions ebb down, he adds.
If Hasek is kept in his post, he may say that the investigation is over and the affair should be forgotten, Mitrofanov writes.
The weekend elections have swept away President Milos Zeman's long-term plan to form a leftist coalition with the Communist backing, Jiri Kubik writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Within the project, the Social Democrats and the Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) were to divide among themselves the posts of ministers, while the required parliamentary majority was to be ensured by the Communists, Kubik writes.
For this, the Communists would be rewarded with some concessions such as by Sobotka not becoming the prime minister, he adds.
However, the reality is quite different. The SPOZ has disappeared from the scene and the Social Democrats along with Communists only have 83 seats in the 200-member Chamber of Deputies, which is desperately little, Kubik writes.
One can make the joke that Zeman used to have Communists, the SPOZ and Hasek's faction in the CSSD, but all that has remained to him is the medical council treating his acute illnesses, Kubik writes.
However, this would not be true. As a seasoned politician, Zeman will be still active and keep trying to make a revenge on Sobotka, preferring Andrej Babis, leader of the ANO movement, he adds.
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