published: 14.10.2013, 07:20 | updated: 14.10.2013 08:03:57
Prague - Activist Vaclav Klaus is splitting the Czech right, analyst Lukas Jelinek writes in Pravo.
The squabbles between former president Klaus and the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) are increasingly obvious, Jelinek writes.
Klaus insists on his controversial New Year amnesty, while the Civic Democrats distance themselves from it whenever possible, he adds.
Klaus backs President Milos Zeman, while the ODS is waging a war with him, Jelinek writes.
The ODS claims that the abominable cronyism structures have nothing to do with it, while Klaus defends them, he adds.
The ODS is angry that Klaus is changing. Actually, he is not. In his era, the schemers from behind the scenes had a go-ahead and as soon as they were caught red-handed, Klaus gave them his amnesty, Jelinek writes.
When asked by ODS election leader Miroslava Nemcova to run in the election, he refused to do so. Ironically, he has found liking in the life of a civic activist. Thanks to this, he can split the right from various positions, he adds.
The oligarchic democracy flourishing in Russia may be a good study material for the Czech voters who want to a give chance to such a state headed either by Zeman or food mogul Andrej Babis, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes in Pravo.
The parliament plays a role of a puppet there, while on the surface, the decisions are made by President Vladimir Putin, but in reality by several hundreds of oligarchs with a fabulous fortune on whom he depends, Mitrofanov writes.
A latest poll has revealed that the followers of Babis's ANO, the Party of Citizens' Rights-the Zemanites (SPOZ) and Tomio Okamura's Dawn of Direct Democracy are for an oligarchic democracy, while those of the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), TOP 09 and Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) are for party democracy, Mitrofanov writes.
However, the scales will be tipped by the left. The most ferocious struggle between party democrats and oligarchs' servants is taking place among the Social Democrats (CSSD). It will be also crucial what model will be backed by the Communists (KSCM), he adds.
There are some signs that President Milos Zeman will not call the Chamber of Deputies immediately after the forthcoming early election, but only one month after its results are proclaimed, Bohumil Pecinka writes in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
In the meantime, he will probably make some complicated manoeuvres, choosing the prime minister, recommending the ministers and forming a new majority with which he could cooperate on the most important affairs, Pecinka writes.
However, whatever the outcome of the election, it cannot be expected that the role of the new prime minister will differ from the position of Jiri Rusnok, head of the current outgoing caretaker government, he adds.
After some time, Rusnok will be given the assessment of the prime minister of a government of transition to presidential democracy or at least of an attempt at it, he adds.
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