published: 29.10.2013, 07:23 | updated: 29.10.2013 08:56:29
Prague - The coup among Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) is a threat to the state, Karel Steigerwald writes about the open rift inside the party between its leader Bohuslav Sobotka and the faction led by its first deputy chairman Michal Hasek on the heels of the late October early election in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
The coup inside the CSSD is a disaster for the whole political scene, Steigerwald writes.
However, the affair should rather be called President Milos Zeman's coup. In fact, there is no war inside the party over its manifesto, the style of governance, objectives and methods of political struggle, he adds.
This is a primitive war over who will give commands in the party, whether Zeman or the current party leadership, Steigerwald writes.
The dispute between Zeman and Sobotka is purely from the sphere of emotions, not of ideas, he adds.
The Czech Republic may be the first loser of the fight, Steigerwald writes.
President Milos Zeman is establishing the Czech Social Zemanite Party, Jana Bendova writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Zeman has his instrument, party deputy chairman Michal Hasek, who is in the belly of his Trojan horse he pushed into the Social Democrat headquarters, Bendova writes.
Zeman perhaps believes that the CSSD is his own work, to which he has the parental right, she adds.
Some sensitive people may resent Zeman's Machiavellian destruction of the Social Democrat party, Bendova writes.
They may think this is unfair because Zeman contributed to the Social Democrats poor showing in the election and due to this, he should help them, she adds.
However, it is still the same Zeman as the general public knows him, a man who does not forget, who takes a revenge on his foes, rewarding his friends and using his servants, Bendova writes.
Hasek thirsts enough for power to make himself be used by Zeman according to his ideas. At the same time, Hasek is naive enough to believe that he can be an equal partner to Zeman, she adds.
After the shameful election result scored by the Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), Zeman still has a servicing party of his own, Jiri Hanak writes in Pravo.
However, what does it mean for the CSSD? A murky, if not dark future as it has betrayed its voters and its has betrayed its leader at the critical moment, he adds.
People will hardly forget about this, Hanak writes.
The pitiful coup instigators have failed to understand that the 20 percent election gain they scored under Sobotka's leadership is likely to be an objective they will hardly ever achieve again, he adds.
It will be so not only due to the betrayal, but because the next several election terms will belong to the groupings such as Andrej Babis's ANO. One may dislike it, but it is so, Hanak writes.
"If I were Sobotka and his friends, I would leave both my posts and the party," he adds.
They should think of making the immortal idea of Social Democratism acceptable to decent people again.
In fact, the Social Democrats headed by Hasek and Zeman will not be for decent people, Hanak writes.
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