published: 27.10.2013, 12:52 | updated: 27.10.2013 13:08:35
Prague - The outcome of the Czech early general polls points to the failure of the previous government parties and partly also of the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD), President Milos Zeman said today, adding that the election gain of the ANO movement reflects the dissatisfaction of voters.
He said he is against holding new early elections, which would be the worst possible solution.
All politicians must strive for a stable government to be formed, Zeman added.
ANO, a newcomer to the Chamber of Deputies, should get a chance to "translate" voters´ dissatisfaction into draft legislation, Zeman said in an interview on Czech Television.
"The hitherto governing parties failed and the opposition party, which was to replace them, also failed to an extent, unfortunately," Zeman said, referring to the CSSD, which he chaired in 1993-2001 but fell out with it in the mid-2000s.
In the October 25-26 elections, the traditional parties failed to the benefit of ANO, a party of billionaire Andrej Babis, which ended second with 18.65 percent of the vote.
"I think this party must be given a chance, let´s say a hundred days of tolerance, to translate [voters´] dissatisfaction into concrete bills," Zeman said.
Politicians must now strive for a new stable government to be established. Early elections would solve nothing as voters would not profoundly change their views in the three months that would be left before new elections, Zeman said.
A fragmentation of the political scene and calling another early election would be a failure of the president and the leaders of parties in parliament, Zeman said.
Zeman said the low election turnout of 59.5 percent was due to none of the parties offering an attractive a manifesto that would attract voters to polling stations.
The turnout was the lowest since 1989, with the exception of the 2002 elections when it reached a mere 58 percent.
For the first time in the history of Czech elections, the Chamber of Deputies was entered by as many as seven parties.
Political analysts say the winner is Babis, whose ANO ended second, narrowly trailing the victorious CSSD (20.45 percent) and will have a crucial say in forming possible government coalitions.
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