published: 29.10.2013, 18:18 | updated: 29.10.2013 18:19:21
Prague - The Czech Social Democrat (CSSD) government-negotiating team disintegrated because all the four members left it today and the party´s board will try to form a new team on Thursday.
After Milan Chovanec and Lubomir Zaoralek left the team, the party´s first deputy chairman Michal Hasek and Jeronym Tejc, who pushed through the removal of CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka from the team on Sunday and called for his resignation, gave up their posts under pressure from the others, too.
Chovanec said he decided to leave the team after discussing the situation with other party members.
Originally, Sobotka was to lead the negotiating team, but the CSSD presidium agreed on Sunday that Tejc would replace Sobotka and Hasek would head the team. Hasek today proposed that Sobotka return to the team on the condition that he remains its head.
Sobotka said the party must resolve its crisis at the latest on November 10 when its central executive committee is to meet. Only this committee or a congress can dismiss the chairman.
The CSSD presidium blamed Sobotka for the party´s low gain in the recent early general election. Sobotka dismissed the call to resign and said it was an attempted putsch.
The CSSD won 20.5 percent of the vote while it expected some 30 percent and its plan to form a minority government supported by Communists (KSCM) has faded away.
It seems that the CSSD will be hardly able to negotiate with other parties about the formation of a new government until the crisis of its leadership is resolved.
Originally the CSSD wanted to negotiate with two centrist parties - the new ANO movement of billionaire Andrej Babis that came second in the elections with 18.7 percent, and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) who have returned to the Chamber of Deputies after a three-year absence.
Such a coalition would have a majority of 111 in the 200-seat lower house of parliament.
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