published: 12.10.2013, 13:21 | updated: 12.10.2013 13:25:57
Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) chairman Bohuslav Sobotka has breached the rule by speaking about his party´s potential allies before the elections since he is trying to be as much transparent as possible in his political struggle for survival, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo today.
Sobotka rightfully fears that the early general election will decide on the CSSDś future - whether it remains a sovereign party following historical traditions or becomes a "service party" of President Milos Zeman and his people, gathered in the the Party of Citizens' Rights-the Zemanites (SPOZ), Mitrofanov says.
As a paradox, the only path to enable the convinced anti-communist Sobotka to fulfil his intention is the alliance with the Communists (KSCM), Mitrofanov points ut.
First, only with the KSCM the CSSD would manage to have a sufficient absolute majority to govern independently from the president.
Second, the KSCM, though it shows a friendly attitude to Zeman, is not a party dependent on him.
Third, the CSSD could succeed in pushing through its leftist programme only with the KSCM´s support since it does not have such a similar platform with any other party, Mitrofanov says.
Apart from the KSCM, Sobotka mentioned the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) as a potential coalition partner after the elections. However, the Christian Democrats, if they return to the Chamber of Deputies, will probably not have such a strong mandate.
Sobotka has sent a valuable message to voters saying the worse election result of the CSSD is, the bigger will be the chance of weakening this party as a sovereign political entity and its ability to fulfil it programme, Mitrofanov concludes in Pravo.
Social Democrats (CSSD) chairman Bohuslav Sobotka takes a minimal risk outlining the framework of the future CSSD-headed coalition, Martin Zverina writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
Sobotka said on Friday he would like to negotiate on support to the CSSD cabinet mainly with the Communists (KSCM) and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) after the general election if his party succeeded in it, Zverina recalls.
He says this move is logical since Sobotka´s party will definitely win the elections, according to all polls, the KSCM will finish second or third and CSSD voters do not mind cooperation with it. Besides, Christian Democrats will probably return to the lower house after three years and hardly anyone would oppose cooperation with them, Zverina writes.
Sobotka at the same time indirectly calls on voters to choose someone from the "victorious team" not to waste their votes, he adds.
Zverina writes elsewhere in Lidove noviny that a negative campaign might not always be "evil," hinting at several billboards mocking the parties´ leaders ahead of the October 25-26 early polls.
Zverina admits that anonymous defamatory advertisements are naturally foul. However, if someone openly stood up for them, they would not be very unfair since they can challenge the official campaign that is usually quite "stiff" and hypocritical, Zverina notes.
If a negative "anti-campaign" does not resort to lies, malicious slanders and apparent insults, it may actually be quite "refreshing" among calculated slogans and the candidates´ portraits beautified in the Photoshop programme, Zverina writes, reminding of the amusing billboard from the past featuring former CSSD PM and chairman Jiri Paroubek promising "to abolish hangover."
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