published: 31.10.2013, 07:29 | updated: 31.10.2013 08:17:38
Prague - Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) first deputy chairman Michal Hasek should leave both the party´s leadership and politics since he lied about a meeting with President Milos Zeman immediately after the general election, Petr Honzejk writes in daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) today.
After the Saturday meeting with Zeman, the CSSD presidium on Sunday called on party chairman Bohuslav Sobotka to resign and expelled him from the government negotiating team, which was called "a coup" by Sobotka and his followers.
Hasek and his adherents first denied having met Zeman and they only admitted it on Wednesday.
Honzejk writes that politics and business are based on trust and those who lose it must end in them. Hasek does not understand this principle and he is specking about "witch hunt," Honzejk adds.
But even Hasek´s departure from the CSSD leadership would not help the party suffering from internal conflicts in the long run since "there is no one better on the horizon," Honzejk says.
He quotes President Milos Zeman saying once: "You must work with the human material that you have at your disposal."
Yet this statement must be turned upside down. The CSSD does need personalities to be an autonomous party that is capable of opposing the president. Then Zeman himself would logically become "human material," Honzejk concludes.
It seems that the PSB marketing agency, with which the ANO 2011 movement of billionaire Andrej Babis cooperates, will decide about the future Czech government coalition, Lenka Zlamalova writes in Lidove noviny (LN) today.
ANO does not know whether it will enter a coalition cabinet with the Social Democrats (CSSD) and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) or nor. However, it will not make up its mind according to the current political situation and its own sense of responsibility but it has decided to have an opinion poll conducted to find out whether its voters wish it, Zlamalova recalls.
"Pandering to voters is a synonym for populism. With Andrej Babis we are entering a new era of life in a permanent referendum," Zlamalova writes.
She admits that all political parties are testing fundamental changes and proposals in opinion polls even between elections and they are also testing their supporters´ wishes and dreams. Nevertheless, they do not speak about it in public so much not to look like populists.
Babis will always be prepared for other elections, Zlamalova writes in conclusion.
Big players on the Czech political scene apparently do no mind that a new government will not be formed very soon after the October 25-26 early general election, Petr Novacek writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) today.
He says almost everyone asks a question what is actually happening in the Social Democrats Party (CSSD).
It was unbelievably stupid and amateurish to attempt to topple the CSSD chairman a couple of hours after the elections results were announced giving the CSSD a chance of forming a government, Novacek points out.
Now only the meeting of the CSSD central executive committee on November 10 will show whether the CSSD will be able to launch talks on the future government or not, Novacek writes.
Czechs will probably wait long for political stability in the country, he adds.
However, it seems that neither the CSSD´s potential coalition partners, ANO of Andrej Babis and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), nor President Milos Zeman mind such a situation.
ANO has launched a campaign ahead of the EP polls though they will be held in six months and it is considering organising a "referendum" among its voters to decide whether it would join the government at all, Novacek recalls.
Zeman forecast on TV on Sunday that a new government would emerge in two to three months only. This might suit both Babis and the president, Novacek writes in MfD.
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