published: 30.09.2013, 07:16 | updated: 30.09.2013 07:40:09
Prague - The left will gain a majority in the Chamber of Deputies for the second time in the history of the Czech Republic and it is only uncertain if it will be a simple or constitutional majority, Petr Holub writes in Lidove noviny, commenting on the forthcoming early election, set for October 25-26.
However, even if the leftist parties gain over 120 seats in the 200-member lower house of the Czech parliament, it is not certain in advance on what cooperation they will agree and how it will look like, Holub writes.
The puzzle may be resolved by a pact between Social Democrat (CSSD) first deputy chairman Michal Hasek and President Milos Zeman, he adds.
Entrusted with the formation of a new government, Hasek will undoubtedly gain sufficient support from his fellow party members, the Party of Citizens' Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ) and Communists in order to succeed in the confidence vote in the new government, Holub writes.
However, the tandem Hasek-Zeman will only be able to muster a constitutional majority if it fully pushes out of the game Social Democrat leader Bohluslav Sobotka, he adds.
This seems to be a distance future because Sobotka can still rely on a support of least a part of the CSSD, without which no constitutional majority can be created, Holub writes.
One could believe after the fall of Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democratic Party, ODS) government that after the embarrassing experiment with the Public Affairs (VV), the voters will be careful when inspecting mysterious political newcomers, Jiri Kubik writes in Mlada fronta Dnes.
However, four weeks before the election, it is clear that food mogul Andrej Babis's ANO movement will be a serious player in the election, Kubik writes.
The ANO is expected to win over some more votes of the ODS, he adds.
Due to this, some 20 ANO members will enter the Chamber of Deputies, which will be a strong post-election force when the decision on who will rule with whom will be made, Kubik writes.
However, one can presume that under the influence of circumstances they will discard the slogan "We are not like politicians," which will further fule the voters' general disgust, he adds.
One can sense a strange apathy in the Czech election campaign that lacks tension, major issues and personalities, Petr Honzejk writes in Hospodarske noviny.
The political scene seems to have petrified in the expectation of the inevitable fall of a Czech alternative of post-democracy, Honzejk writes.
This may have a reason. Whatever the outcome of the election, President Milos Zeman will be the main player when the government will be formed, he adds.
The parties are without any invention, without courage. They focus on the defence of their positions, offering few positive things, Honzejk writes.
The left knows what to cancel, but less what it will introduce, he adds.
The right either only repeats its performance from the previous election or it even backpedals, Honzejk writes.
All one can see is nervousness and fear, he adds.
The campaign has disclosed that one has to do with the deepest crisis of the parties that are supposed to be the foundation of the political system under the constitution, Honzejk writes.
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