published: 30.10.2013, 07:22 | updated: 30.10.2013 07:48:38
Prague - All major Czech dailies comment today on the split within the Social Democratic Party (CSSD), winner of the early general election, and the retreat of the party´s first deputy chairman Michal Hasek and his allies who attempted to carry out a putsch in the aprty.
It is necessary to know how to carry out a putsch, which hte men from Lidovy dum, the CSSD´s seat, somehow forgot, Petr Kambersky writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
True, the future of party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka is still in the hands of the mysterious body, called central executive committee, or a grouping of more than 200 mysterious men and women, who still can dismiss Sobotka from the party´s head and whose names not even political connoisseurs know, Kambersky writes.
But the disintegration of the putschists´ group has already dealt a blow not only to Hasek, but mainly to President Milos Zeman and his reputation of a great strategist. After the total election failure of the Party of Citizens ´ Rights -the Zemanites (SPOZ), of which he is honorary chairman, this is already a second humiliation of him, Kambersky writes.
This does not mean, however, that Zeman would stop damaging the CSSD, but maybe a part of he party has already started to comprehend that the CSSD brand has a longer lifespan than the MZ brand, Kambersky writes.
The Social Democrats are at the crossroads at which they will have to decide how to continue, Martin Zverina writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
He writes that it can hardly pretend as if the presence of the two rivals, Sobotka and Hasek, on the government negotiating team will iron out the situation.
The unsatisfied ambitions of Michal Hasek and President Milos Zeman will undoubtedly surface at the nearest suitable moment most, Zverina writes.
Hasek, governor of South Moravia, has lost quite a lot of his social capital, but his power basis resting on regional governors and political pragmatists will neither evaporate nor succumb to fear of the tandem Sobotka adn his party ally, senator Jiri Dienstbier, Zverina writes.
On the other hand, support by Zeman is no longer what it was before the elections. Every reasonable Social Democrat must see that the voter rejects the obtuse puppets of the president, Zverina writes.
President Milos Zeman´s behaviour cannot be denied consistence. He has always longed for revenge, and if the party system turns into ruins, this will only strengthen his power, Vaclav Zak writes in Pravo.
Zeman shows every day that he is completely unable to behave like a head of state in a parliamentary republic, Zak writes.
He writes that the steps taken by some Social Democrats are startling. True, the election result was not convincing, but it is a question to what degree this is due to the weak leadership of Bohuslav Sobotka and to what degree this is due to the subversive activity of Zeman´s allies within the party that was weakening the party during the election campaign already.
Sobotka has a chance to survive the current developments in his party, Josef Kopecky writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
The rebels did not evidently count with that he will put up resistance and they expected him to rather give in like before the vote of confidence in the presidential government that Milos Zeman decided to install without negotiated support in the Chamber of Deputies, Kopecky writes.
That Sobotka had himself be supported by a demonstration below Zeman´s windows at Prague Castle and that he bet on support of the public and on social networks indicates that this time he wants to fight until the very end, Koopecky writes.
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