published: 27.09.2013, 07:26 | updated: 27.09.2013 07:56:43
Prague - The voter preferences of the Czech Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) four weeks ahead of an early general election show that the party might not get into the Chamber of Deputies, which would be not good for President Milos Zeman, the party´s honorary chairman and supporters, Jiri Pehe writes in daily Pravo today.
form the point of view of dignity of the head of state alone, it would be better if Zeman stopped his campaign, non-campaign for the benefit of the controversial SPOZ, hit by internal squabbling, Pehe writes.
The SPOZ´s possible election flop may also lower his strength in the post-election negotiations with political parties that will be more successful than his own, Pehe writes.
He writes that if Zeman is trying, as many claim, to shift the country to a (semi)presidential system, many people and party politicians will be rightfully asking where he takes his legitimacy for this from as a symbol and factual leader of an unsuccessful party.
Elsewhere in Pravo, Lukas Jelinek writes that every hand is good in dealing with problems in difficult times, even the president´s.
The Czechs had a president-philosopher (Vaclav Halve), then president-ideologue (Vaclav Klaus) and now they have a president-practician, Milos Zeman, who is excessively active.
But will he leave behind something else but crowds of angry and offended people? Jelinek asks.
Zeman´s gestures correspond to the peaking election campaign, in which he is not running, however, rather than to the idea of a timeless and unbiased exercise of the presidential post in parliamentary democracy, Jelinek writes.
Petr Kambersky focuses in Hospodarske noviny (HN) on the "kiss of death" that the president gives his favourite party.
He writes that Vaclav Havel supported the Green in the past, Vaclav Klaus the Free, but both parties badly failed in elections.
It was not much surprising then because both parties were not doing well, but it is surprising that the Party of Citizens´ Rights -the Zemanites (SPOZ), of which President Milos Zeman si honorary chairman, is faring badly in public opinion polls, Kambersky writes.
As if the voter really wanted an "impartial president." They do not mind many presidential powers, but they do not want them in a party, Kambersky writes.
Or, they want the president to do something entirely else than "parliamentary politicians" do. They do not want the "presidential halo" to be soiled by "ordinary party politics," Kambersky writes.
If President Milos Zeman does not plan to attend the pilgrimage of St Wenceslas, the saint patron of Czechs who was murdered in 935, he differs from the hitherto practice, Zbynek Petracek writes in Lidove noviny (LN).
Neither of his predecessors, Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus, were fans of the St Wenceslas tradition, but they accepted it as a fact that is part of Czech statehood, that a big part of the nation respects through the moral and cultural message of the saint, Petracek writes.
Havel was rather addressed by the Tibetan Dalai Lama than St Wenceslas, Klaus preferred economist Milton Friedman, but both of them respected the tradition as part of the state they were heading, Petracek writes.
True, they had their own interpretations of the tradition. The pilgrimages were not held in Havel´s time, Vaclav Klaus connected it with national interests last year. Even Zeman could have interpreted it in his own way, Petracek writes.
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