published: 21.10.2013, 07:32 | updated: 21.10.2013 07:57:12
Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman and the Social Democrats (CSSD) were those who sought an early general election the most, but the situation is not developing in a way they would have expected, Martin Weiss writes in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today.
Zeman sought an early election because he wanted to rule the country with a government of his own, and an interim government is only possible as a step towards an early election, Weiss says.
The opposition Social Democrats have been calling for early elections for a long time because they have been the most popular party in the country, he notes.
But as people start forgetting about the right-wing government of Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS), they are not grateful to the CSSD and the Zemanites (SPOZ) for the fall of Necas´s government anymore, Weiss writes.
He says the voters angry about the regime have a better show that the bland campaign of the disunited Social Democrats: Andrej Babis´s ANO.
For Babis, the early general election seemed disadvantageous because his new party would have needed more time for its campaigning, observers agreed according to Weiss.
Babis managed to win over voters of the former right-wing coalition parties and now he is also attracting CSSD voters, Weiss writes.
Two months ago it seemed that the main issue of the early election would be the fight between the parliament and the president, while the ANO movement´s success was unsure, but now the ANO is the second most popular party, Petr Kambersky says in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
ANO leader Andrej Babis may be the one who will decide on who is going to be the next prime minister, Kambersky writes.
The story of ANO´s success is one of direct but also fearless populism, he says.
It is unclear what will the billionaire Babis turn into, yet he is giving a lesson to political cowards already now, Kambersky writes.
The CSSD slogan that a strong government is needed to push through a functioning state is the party´s reaction to the latest opinion polls indicating that its lead shrank and that the CSSD and the Communists (KSCM) would not have a majority in the new parliament, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
A fragmented lower house of parliament will not produce a strong government, he says.
A lot of CSSD voters seemed to accept the offer of miracles and easily achieved changes, Mitrofanov writes about promises made by the new parties, the ANO and the Dawn of Direct Democracy.
The latest TNS Aisa poll conducted for Czech Television (CT) showed that the CSSD has a number of voters deeply convinced that this party is the right option but also that those who are hesitating whether to cast their votes for the CSSD tend to decide against it, Mitrofanov writes.
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