published: 13.09.2013, 07:37 | updated: 13.09.2013 07:44:55
Prague - One of the surprising news on Thursday was the nomination of controversial lobbyist Miroslav Slouf as the leading candidate of the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) in Prague and one of the explanations is that it is Slouf´s revenge taken on President Milos Zeman, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in daily Pravo today.
Without Slouf, there would have been no big politician Zeman. Neither before 2003, nor after it, Mitrofanov says.
Zeman was prime minister in 1998-2002. After his failed presidential candidacy he withdrew from politics to his countryside house for ten years. In March he replaced Vaclav Klaus as the head of state.
The brain of the repeated climb to top politics was undoubtedly Zeman. But the organisation background, logistics, backstage negotiations and dirty work - all this was done by Slouf, Mitrofanov writes.
He says Slouf was no charity worker, of course, and he had his own interests.
But after Zeman won the presidential post in a direct election last winter, Slouf was pushed away by others and Zeman only produced a hard-to-believe story why he cannot cooperate with Slouf anymore, Mitrofanov says.
But such ingratitude is not something one can do to a man like Slouf, he added.
Knowing how unpopular he is especially in Prague, Slouf decided to head the SPOZ candidates running in the capital city, Mitrofanov concludes.
Jiri Leschtina writes that Slouf as SPOZ Prague election leader shows that he has this party under his control.
This indicates that the speculations about a rift between Zeman and Slouf have been a well-calculated mystification, Leschtina writes.
It is no coincidence that Zeman supported this mystification a few days before Slouf was nominated for the post of the Prague election leader, he says.
And the information that Slouf may not be confirmed in the post may be part of this mystification, too, Leschtina writes.
Zeman decided that it is better to have Slouf around him because Slouf is more able than those who replaced him, Martin Weiss writes in Lidove noviny in connection with Slouf´s nomination as SPOZ election leader.
Zeman decided to punish his party for squabbles among its members and especially for its low popularity, which may result in an election failure, Weiss says.
The more the right-wing Civic Democrats and TOP 09 claim that they will not attack one another and that the left wing coached by President Zeman is their only enemy, the more clear it is that they will clash hard before the general election, Lukas Jelinek says elsewhere in Pravo.
The Civic Democrats at first presented a billboard without their name saying I Vote for the Right Wing. But then they said the ODS is the only real right-wing party, Jelinek writes.
A big battle will be waged over the country´s relation to the European Union, he says.
While for the Social Democrats (CSSD) an integrated Europe is a means to pragmatically meet its programme priorities, for the right wing it still is a totem around which a ritual dance is danced, either to fight it (ODS) or to worship it (TOP 09), Jelinek writes.
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