published: 23.09.2013, 07:25 | updated: 23.09.2013 07:51:12
Prague - The Czech Communist Party (KSCM) has not changed in the past 30 years and as a party backing a possible future left minority cabinet it would pose a threat to democracy, mainly if the cabinet included "President Zeman´s" party SPOZ, Jiri Leschtina writes in Hospodarske noviny (HN).
The Social Democrats (CSSD), who are expected to win the October early election, may form a latent coalition with the KSCM, that would keep a CSSD minority cabinet afloat in exchange for posts of deputy ministers and heads of supervisory and media councils, Leschtina writes.
It can be expected that the KSCM´s nominees to fill these posts will include repugnant figures with a dark past, similar to those who occupy posts in some CSSD-KSCM-controlled regional governments, Leschtina continues.
The "red invasion" of government positions could still be kept under control if the remaining parties in parliament acted as consistent opposition that is capable of supporting leader Bohuslav Sobotka´s wing in the CSSD [in its effort to stem the KSCM´s influence], Leschtina writes.
The prospects would be far worse for democrats if the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) managed to enter the lower house of parliament in the upcoming polls, Leschtina says.
The SPOZ, a party with unclear financial management and linked to Russian state business, would become a natural ally of the KSCM, whose strength and extortion capacities would rise with each Zemanite entering parliament, Leschtina writes.
On the municipal political scene, voter preferences change very slowly and the ruling party must fail really disastrously for voters to switch to another party, Martin Weiss says in Lidove noviny (LN), referring to the shrinking number of supporters of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) in Prague.
Several Prague district mayors and other local politicians elected for he ODS are even running in the forthcoming general election for Chin Up, the bizarre right-wing bloc of former MEP Jana Bobosikova, while ODS Prague branch chairman Bohuslav Svoboda asserts that the ODS does not consider it a problem, Weiss writes.
It will be interesting to see how the departure from the ODS by these politicians, who are allies of Tomas Hrdlicka [controversial businessman who was expelled from the ODS recently] will influence the [ODS´s] financial means used in the election campaign, Weiss writes.
The group of "cannibals´" in the ODS is nothing new, already in the past it tried to take control of some individual lawmakers and small political groups. Using voters´ disappointment at politics, this group does not seek a great victory but only a partial success enabling it to sponge on politics, Weiss writes.
The ODS is trying to get rid off these people without triggering massive purges, he adds.
Leaders of two extra-parliamentary groupings, Jana Bobosikova (Sovereignty) and Andrej Babis (ANO) surprisingly refrained from stormy rhetoric during their televised debate on Sunday, probably in reaction to the arrogant rhetoric of another rival entity - the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ), Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
Sovereignty and ANO probably want to attract voters by distinguishing themselves from the SPOZ and its arrogant style and "cheeky" election promises such as free off-peak fare for train passengers, Mitrofanov writes.
Probably only the outgoing Transport Minister Zdenek Zak, the SPOZ election leader in Prague, knows how this promise can be put in harmony with the giant debt of the state Czech Railway company, Mirtrofanov writes.
At the same time, the SPOZ has refused to set up its transparent election account, calling the idea populist. It is evident that the SPOZ´s arrogance is unbeatable and the rival parties such as Sovereignty and ANO had to choose a different path and present themselves as distinguished groupings to attract voters, Mitrofanov says.
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