published: 04.11.2013, 07:25 | updated: 04.11.2013 07:35:09
Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) leader Bohuslav Sobotka´s position in the party will probably get stronger thanks to the greediness of the wing led by first deputy chairman Michal Hasek, Lukas Jelinek writes in daily Pravo today.
Hasek and four other CSSD leading politicians secretly met President Milos Zeman immediately after the election and then they ousted Sobotka from the CSSD team for negotiating on the next government and called on him to step down as leader. But Sobotka refused to do so and the most in the party backed him.
The majority in the Chamber of Deputies appeared surprisingly quickly. Both the ANO movement and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) said they would either form a coalition only with the CSSD or support a CSSD minority government, Jelinek recalls.
However, it would be something different to rule with the support of two centrist parties, the ANO and the KDU-CSL, or with that of the Communists (KSCM), which is what the CSSD had planned before the election, but for which is not strong enough due to its result, lower than expected, Jelinek writes.
He says the CSSD should rule together with the ANO and the KDU-CSL.
Such a coalition government would hardly nod to a revision of the church restitution, which the KDU-CSL would oppose, and hardly push through tax hikes, which especially the ANO is against, Jelinek writes.
If the CSSD central executive committee expresses support for Sobotka next weekend, there seems nothing that could prevent him from getting the post, not even Zeman, Jelinek says.
ANO leader Andrej Babis will probably get the post of finance minister and the Christian Democrats the agriculture ministry. One of these two parties would also probably be in charge of the interior ministry and the local development ministry, he writes.
President Zeman was expected to try to dominate the government-forming negotiations after the election, but he keeps quiet these days, Lukas Kovanda says in Lidove noviny (LN).
This may be Zeman´s effort to let the public forget his botched meeting with CSSD first deputy chairman Michal Hasek and his allies that resulted in a failed putsch that was to remove Sobotka, whom Zeman dislikes, from the party´s head, Kovanda writes.
It may also be that Zeman is grumpy because of his knee injured last week, due to which he has to move using a wheelchair, Kovanda says.
The ANO and the Christian Democrats clearly supported Sobotka and said they would not negotiate with any CSSD rebels. This is not because the two parties would love Sobotka, but because their negotiating position would improve if Sobotka will have to feel grateful to them, Kovanda writes.
Petr Kambersky says in Hospodarske noviny (HN) that Civic Democrat (ODS) election leader seemed to convince the people that she tried to rid the ODS of politicians linked to dubious businessmen, but it was not enough to make her party popular again.
Kambersky says Nemcova, former Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda and former education minister Petr Fiala definitely are not like the former ODS politicians, yet one does not know what they are like.
The ODS face is unclear, he writes.
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